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.
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- 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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