or·​di·​nar·​i·​ate | \ ˌȯ(r)dᵊnˈerēə̇t, -ēˌāt \
plural -s

Definition of ordinariate

1 : the administrative division of a particular Roman Catholic diocese or archdiocese
2 : a group of members of an Eastern rite in communion with the Pope who are subject to the personal jurisdiction of an appointed prelate (as a titular bishop) of the same rite — see military ordinariate

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“Ordinariate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ordinariate. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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