[os-tee-er-ee] /ˈɒs tiˌɛr i/

noun, plural ostiaries.
Also called doorkeeper, porter. Roman Catholic Church.

a doorkeeper, as of a church.
noun (pl) -aries
(RC Church) another word for porter2 (sense 4)


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