Definition of ordinand in English:



  • A person who is training to be ordained as a priest or minister.

    • ‘Bishop Clarke explained that throughout the Church of Ireland there is a shortage of ordained clergy and of ordinands.’
    • ‘As one of my characters says, these may be priests and ordinands, but they are still men.’
    • ‘The ‘reality’ about the Church is that it last year ordained 569 new deacons - 50 per cent more than four years ago - and that today there are more than 1,600 ordinands in training, it says.’
    • ‘Its resident priests and ordinands are surely not exemplars of unalloyed virtue; indeed, they all have reason for committing the murders.’
    • ‘Her priests and ordinands are fallible human beings, but they are serious about their faith and committed to their calling.’


Mid 19th century: from Latin ordinandus, gerundive of ordinare put in order (see ordain).