Third Order

noun Roman Catholic Church.

a branch of a religious order whose members are lay people following the avocations of a secular life.
a member of a Third Order who follows its rule in the community under ordinary simple vows. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for third order

Third Order


RC Church a religious society of laymen affiliated to one of the religious orders and following a mitigated form of religious rule
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