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1. In the Eastern Orthodox Church, a cleric ranking just below a deacon.
2. In the traditional rite of the Roman Catholic Church, a cleric who acts as assistant to the deacon at High Mass and normally reads the Epistle at the Eucharist.


1. (Roman Catholic Church) a cleric who assists at High Mass
2. (Roman Catholic Church) (formerly) a person ordained to the lowest of the major orders
subdeaconate n


(sʌbˈdi kən, ˈsʌbˌdi-)

a member of the clerical order next below that of deacon.
[1275–1325; Middle English subdecon, -dekene < Late Latin subdiāconus. See sub-, deacon]
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Noun1.subdeacon - 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
clergyman, man of the cloth, reverend - a member of the clergy and a spiritual leader of the Christian Church
Holy Order, Order - (usually plural) the status or rank or office of a Christian clergyman in an ecclesiastical hierarchy; "theologians still disagree over whether `bishop' should or should not be a separate Order"