Definition of subdeacon
: a cleric ranking below a deacon: such asa : a cleric in the lowest of the former major orders of the Roman Catholic Churchb : an Eastern Orthodox or Armenian cleric in minor ordersc : a clergyman performing the liturgical duties of a subdeacon
Origin and Etymology of subdeacon
Middle English subdecon, from Anglo-French subdiakene, from Late Latin subdiaconus, from Latin sub- + Late Latin diaconus deacon — more at deacon
First Known Use: before 12th century
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