holy order

noun, often capitalized H&O

Definition of holy order

1a : major order usually used in plural
b : one of the orders of the ministry in the Anglican or Episcopal church
2 : the rite or sacrament of ordination usually used in plural

First Known Use of holy order

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

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“Holy order.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/holy%20order. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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