holy order


often capitalized H&O
: major order
usually used in plural
: one of the orders of the ministry in the Anglican or Episcopal church
: the rite or sacrament of ordination
usually used in plural

Examples of holy order in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pope Francis reaffirmed the Catholic Church's doctrine that women are not able to receive holy orders. Timothy H.j. Nerozzi Fox News, Fox News, 26 Oct. 2023 No foofaraw: Of course a cleric—in Chih’s case, one who belongs to a holy order tasked with traveling the land and collecting stories—wouldn’t concern themself with gender. Wired Staff, Wired, 29 Sep. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of holy order was in the 14th century

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“Holy order.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/holy%20order. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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