Definition of Ostiarius

1. Noun. The lowest of the minor Holy Orders in the unreformed Western Church but now suppressed by the Roman Catholic Church.

Exact synonyms: Doorkeeper, Ostiary
Generic synonyms: Clergyman, Man Of The Cloth, Reverend, Holy Order, Order



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Lexicographical Neighbors of Ostiarius

osteotribe
osteotrite
osteotrophy
osteotropic
osteotympanic
osteozoa
osterducken
osterix
ostertagia
ostertagiasis
ostia
ostia venarum pulmonalium
ostial
ostial sphincter
ostiaries
ostiarius (current term)
ostiary
ostiate
ostinati
ostinato
ostinatos
ostiolar
ostiole
ostioles
ostiomeatal complex
ostiomeatal unit
ostitic
ostitis
ostium
ostium abdominale tubae uterinae

Literary usage of Ostiarius

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1. Slang and Its Analogues Past and Present: A Dictionary, Historical and by John Stephen Farmer, William Ernest Henley (1902)
"MANSFIELD, School Life at Winchester, 223. ostiarius—An office held by the Prefects in succession. The duties were, to keep order in school, ..."

2. The Ecclesiastical Law by Richard Burn, Robert Philip Tyrwhitt (1824)
"... (sacrista, the keeper of the holy things belonging to the divine worship,) seemeth to be the same with the ostiarius in the Romish church; ..."

3. Epitaphs of the Catacombs; Or, Christian Inscriptions in Rome During the by James Spencer Northcote (1878)
"Evidence from the inscriptions of the Catacombs to—(i) The hierarchy, pope, bishop, priest, deacon, exorcist, lector, fossor, or ostiarius—(2. ..."

4. A Dictionary of Christian Antiquities by William Smith, Samuel Cheetham (1880)
"But whatever may have been the date of the introduction of the ostiarius as a ... For not only was there an ostiarius (the modern concierge) at the entrance ..."

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