[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.
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for subdeacon
Historical Examples of subdeacon
When the pope says mass pontifically the subdeacon is always an auditor.
Brother Fray Francisco Cavallero, subdeacon, of the same convent.
Brother Fray Bernardino Membride, subdeacon, of the same convent.
It is supported by the subdeacon habited in the tunic or tonacella.
The Emperor divested himself of the symbols of the empire, and now ministered to the Pope as subdeacon at mass.
British Dictionary definitions for subdeacon
noun mainly RC Church
Derived Formssubdeaconate (sʌbˈdiːkənɪt), noun
a cleric who assists at High Mass
(formerly) a person ordained to the lowest of the major orders
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