from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Roman Catholic Church A confraternity of laypersons associated with a religious order.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. an order attached to a monastic order, and comprising men and women devoted to a rule of pious living, called the third rule, by a simple vow if they remain seculars, and by more solemn vows if they become regulars. See Tertiary, n., 1.


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