[suhb-dee-kuh n, suhb-dee-]


a member of the clerical order next below that of deacon.

Origin of subdeacon

1275–1325; Middle English subdecon, -dekene < Late Latin subdiāconus. See sub-, deacon Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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noun mainly RC Church

a cleric who assists at High Mass
(formerly) a person ordained to the lowest of the major orders
Derived Formssubdeaconate (sʌbˈdiːkənɪt), noun
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