subdeacon

noun
sub·​dea·​con | \ ˌsəb-ˈdē-kən How to pronounce subdeacon (audio) \

Definition of subdeacon

: a cleric ranking below a deacon: such as
a : a cleric in the lowest of the former major orders of the Roman Catholic Church
b : an Eastern Orthodox or Armenian cleric in minor orders
c : a clergyman performing the liturgical duties of a subdeacon

First Known Use of subdeacon

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for subdeacon

Middle English subdecon, from Anglo-French subdiakene, from Late Latin subdiaconus, from Latin sub- + Late Latin diaconus deacon — more at deacon

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“Subdeacon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subdeacon. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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