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[suhb-dahy-ak-uh-nit, -neyt]
  1. the office or dignity of a subdeacon.
  2. a body of subdeacons.
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Origin of subdiaconate

First recorded in 1715–25; sub- + diaconate
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Historical Examples of subdiaconate

  • Of these the 12 juniors on the list had not at that time received the subdiaconate.

    The Great Pestilence (A.D. 1348-9)

    Francis Aidan Gasquet

British Dictionary definitions for subdiaconate


  1. the rank or office of a subdeacon
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Derived Formssubdiaconal, adjective

Word Origin for subdiaconate

C18: from Medieval Latin subdiaconus subdeacon + -ate ²; see deacon
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