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[ suhb-dee-kuh n, suhb-dee- ]
/ sʌbˈdi kən, ˈsʌbˌdi- /


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

Nearby words

subcutaneous tenotomy, subcutaneous tissue, subcutaneous vein of abdomen, subcuticular, subcutis, subdeacon, subdeaconate, subdeb, subdebutante, subdelirium, subdeltoid bursa

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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British Dictionary definitions for subdeacon


/ (ˌsʌbˈdiːkən) /

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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