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holy orders

noun
1.
(used with a singular verb) the rite or sacrament of ordination.
2.
(used with a singular verb) the rank or status of an ordained Christian minister.
3.
(used with a plural verb) the major degrees or grades of the Christian ministry.
Origin of holy orders
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English
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British Dictionary definitions for holy orders

holy orders

plural noun
1.
the sacrament or rite whereby a person is admitted to the Christian ministry
2.
the grades of the Christian ministry
3.
the rank or status of an ordained Christian minister
See also orders
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