from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A cleric ranking just below a deacon.
- n. A cleric who acts as assistant to the deacon at High Mass and normally reads the Epistle at the Eucharist.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A Catholic clerical rank below that of a deacon, obsolete in the Roman Catholic Church.
- n. A Catholic cleric who assists the deacon at High Mass and normally reads the Epistle at the Eucharist.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One belonging to an order in the Roman Catholic Church, next interior to the order of deacons; also, a member of a minor order in the Greek Church.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A member of the ecclesiastical order next below that of deacon.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a clergyman an order below deacon; one of the Holy Orders in the unreformed western Christian church and the eastern Catholic Churches but now suppressed in the Roman Catholic Church
Originated 1275–1325 from Middle English subdecon and -dekene, from Late Latin subdiāconus. See sub- +deacon. (Wiktionary)