third order


often capitalized T&O
: an organization composed of lay people living in secular society under a religious rule and directed by a religious order
: a congregation especially of teaching or nursing sisters affiliated with a religious order

Word History

First Known Use

1629, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of third order was in 1629

Dictionary Entries Near third order

Cite this Entry

“Third order.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!