holy orders Word Origin noun
- (used with a singular verb) the rite or sacrament of ordination.
- (used with a singular verb) the rank or status of an ordained Christian minister.
- (used with a plural verb) the major degrees or grades of the Christian ministry.
Origin of holy orders Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400 Related Words for holy ordersBritish Dictionary definitions for holy orders holy orders pl n
- the sacrament or rite whereby a person is admitted to the Christian ministry
- the grades of the Christian ministry
- the rank or status of an ordained Christian minister