Meaning of ordinariate

or•di•nar•i•ate

Pronunciation: (ôr"dn-âr'ē-it, -āt"), [key]
  1. (formerly) a province in which the faithful of an Eastern rite were under the rule of a prelate of their rite who had no territorial jurisdiction.
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