- Holy orders is defined as the ordination of Christian clergy, specifically when someone is ordained as a deacon, priest or bishop.
The Christian sacrament of someone becoming a priest is an example of receiving holy orders.
This man has taken holy orders.
holy orders definition by Webster's New World
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- the sacrament or rite of Christian ordination
- the state of having received Christian ordination
- the ranks or grades of Christian ordination; specif., in the Roman Catholic Church, those of bishop, priest, or deacon
holy orders - Phrases/Idioms
take holy orders
to receive Christian ordination