Oratorian

noun
Or·​a·​to·​ri·​an | \ ˌȯr-ə-ˈtȯr-ē-ən How to pronounce Oratorian (audio) , ˌär- \

Definition of Oratorian

: a member of the Congregation of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri founded in Rome in 1575 and comprising independent communities of secular priests under obedience but without vows

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Oratorian adjective

First Known Use of Oratorian

1652, in the meaning defined above

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“Oratorian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Oratorian. Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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