Origin of ostiaryClassical Latin ostiarius ; from ostium, door, entrance ; from os, mouth: see oral
- Roman Catholic Church One who is ordained in the lowest of the former minor orders.
- A church doorkeeper.
Origin of ostiaryMiddle English hostiary, from Latin ōstiārius, doorkeeper, from ōstium, door, from ōs, mouth; see ōs- in Indo-European roots.
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