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os·ti·ar·y

 (ŏs′tē-ĕr′ē)
n. pl. os·ti·ar·ies
1. Roman Catholic Church One who is ordained in the lowest of the former minor orders.
2. A church doorkeeper.

[Middle English hostiary, from Latin ōstiārius, doorkeeper, from ōstium, door, from ōs, mouth; see ōs- in Indo-European roots.]

ostiary

(ˈɒstɪərɪ)
n, pl -aries
(Roman Catholic Church) RC Church another word for porter24
[C15: from Latin ostiārius doorkeeper, from ostium door]

ostiary

1. a member of the lowest-ranking of the four minor orders in Roman Catholicism.
2. a doorkeeper of a church.
See also: Catholicism
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ostiary - the lowest of the minor Holy Orders in the unreformed Western Church but now suppressed by 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"
2.ostiary - someone who guards an entranceostiary - someone who guards an entrance  
commissionaire - a uniformed doorman
guard - a person who keeps watch over something or someone
night porter - a porter on duty during the night
ticket collector, ticket taker - someone who is paid to admit only those who have purchased tickets