subdeacon

noun sub·dea·con \ ˌsəb-ˈdē-kən \

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

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


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