noun sub·dea·con \-ˈdē-kən\

Definition of subdeacon

  1. :  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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