Charles Buck Theological Dictionary
Secular persons who devoted themselves and their estates to some monastery, into which they were admitted as a kind of lay-brothers. The form of their admission was putting the bell-ropes of the church round their necks, as a mark of servitude. They wore a religious habit, but different from that of the monks.
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Buck, Charles. Entry for 'Oblati'. Charles Buck Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/cbd/o/oblati.html. 1802.