- Historical, R.C.Ch. a cleric ranking just below a deacon
- in the Eastern Church, a cleric ranking just above a lector
Origin of subdeaconMiddle English subdecon ( from sub-, sub- + deken, deacon) based on Ecclesiastical Late Latin subdiaconus
- In the Eastern Orthodox Church, a cleric ranking just below a deacon.
- 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.
Originated 1275-1325 from Middle English subdecon and -dekene, from Late Latin subdiÄconus. See sub- +deacon.