third order

noun, often capitalized T&O

Definition of third order

1 : an organization composed of lay people living in secular society under a religious rule and directed by a religious order
2 : a congregation especially of teaching or nursing sisters affiliated with a religious order

First Known Use of third order

1629, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Third order.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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