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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The sacrament or rite of ordination.
  • noun The rank of an ordained Christian minister or priest.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun (usually plural) the status or rank or office of a Christian clergyman in an ecclesiastical hierarchy
  • noun the sacrament of ordination

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