- holy orders
- 1. the rite or sacrament of ordination.2. the rank or status of an ordained Christian minister.3. the major degrees or grades of the Christian ministry.[1350-1400; ME]
* * *noun [plural]
He took holy orders. [=became a priest]
* * *the official position of being a priest
to take holy orders(= to become a priest)
Useful english dictionary. 2012.