Ostiary meaning

ŏstē-ĕrē
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A church doorkeeper.
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One who keeps the door, especially the door of a church; a porter.

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The mouth of a river; an estuary.

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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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(roman catholic church) One who is ordained in the lowest of the former minor orders.
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Origin of ostiary

  • Middle English hostiary from Latin ōstiārius doorkeeper from ōstium door from ōs mouth ōs- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin ostium door, entrance. See usher.

    From Wiktionary