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[suhb-dee-kuh n, suhb-dee-]
  1. a member of the clerical order next below that of deacon.
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Origin of subdeacon

1275–1325; Middle English subdecon, -dekene < Late Latin subdiāconus. See sub-, deacon
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noun mainly RC Church
  1. a cleric who assists at High Mass
  2. (formerly) a person ordained to the lowest of the major orders
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Derived Formssubdeaconate (sʌbˈdiːkənɪt), noun
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