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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about holy order

Time Traveler for holy order

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Statistics for holy order

Cite this Entry

“Holy order.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/holy%20order. Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on holy order

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about holy order

Comments on holy order

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


Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble tiles that read scrabble quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!