Or·​a·​to·​ri·​an ˌȯr-ə-ˈtȯr-ē-ən How to pronounce Oratorian (audio)
: 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
Oratorian adjective

Word History

First Known Use

1652, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Oratorian was in 1652

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“Oratorian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Oratorian. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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