sub·​dea·​con ˌsəb-ˈdē-kən How to pronounce subdeacon (audio)
: a cleric ranking below a deacon: such as
: a cleric in the lowest of the former major orders of the Roman Catholic Church
: an Eastern Orthodox or Armenian cleric in minor orders
: a clergyman performing the liturgical duties of a subdeacon

Examples of subdeacon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Austere half-hour celebrations have given way in some parishes to regular solemn Masses that require a master of ceremonies, priest, deacon and subdeacon. Matthew Walther, WSJ, 22 July 2021 The artist, who trained in mechanical engineering, is now a subdeacon of St. Seraphim Orthodox Cathedral. Dallas News, 4 Mar. 2022

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Word History


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 the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of subdeacon was before the 12th century

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“Subdeacon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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