Pronunciation: (os'tē-er"ē), [key]
1. Also called doorkeeper, porter. Rom. Cath. Ch.
a. a member of the lowest-ranking of the four minor orders.
b. the order itself. Cf. acolyte (def. 2), exorcist (def. 2), lector (def. 2).
2. a doorkeeper, as of a church.
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