Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

holy order

noun, often capitalized H&O

Definition of holy order

  1. 1 a :  major order —usually used in plural b :  one of the orders of the ministry in the Anglican or Episcopal church

  2. 2 :  the rite or sacrament of ordination —usually used in plural

14th Century

First Known Use of holy order

14th century

Learn More about holy order

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up holy order? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a sculptured or ornamented band

Get Word of the Day daily email!