noun or·di·nar·i·ate \ˌȯ(r)dənˈerēə̇t, -ēˌāt\

Definition of ordinariate



  1. 1 :  the administrative division of a particular Roman Catholic diocese or archdiocese

  2. 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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Origin and Etymology of ordinariate

1ordinary + -ate

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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