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[dee-kuh-nis] /ˈdi kə nɪs/
(in certain Protestant churches) a woman belonging to an order or sisterhood dedicated to the care of the sick or poor or who is engaging in other social-service duties, as teaching or missionary work.
a woman elected by a church to assist the clergy.
Origin of deaconess
1530-40; earlier deaconisse, part translation, part adoption of Late Latin diāconissa, feminine of diāconus deacon; see -ess
Usage note
See -ess. Unabridged
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  • Why a deaconess Board, even though deaconess work happened to be merciful and gentle and Christlike?

    John Wesley, Jr. Dan B. Brummitt
  • Harriet pushed her away and put her hand on his forehead, then nodded at the deaconess.

    Margarita's Soul Ingraham Lovell
  • The hypocrite's voice was full of unction; the deaconess spoke with pious gravity.

  • The first deaconess was Gertrude Reichardt, the daughter of a physician.

    Deaconesses in Europe Jane M. Bancroft
  • The parish deaconess has occasion to use every gift which she can possibly acquire in the varied training of the deaconess school.

    Deaconesses in Europe Jane M. Bancroft
  • Many sorrows which he overlooks the deaconess can discern and assuage.

    Deaconesses in Europe Jane M. Bancroft
  • Adjoining the hall, at the west end, was built the deaconess house.

    Deaconesses in Europe Jane M. Bancroft
  • Vexing questions have arisen as to how the deaconess should be set apart to her work.

    Deaconesses in Europe Jane M. Bancroft
  • The deaconess home has also branches of work in different parts of France.

    Deaconesses in Europe Jane M. Bancroft
  • On Sunday, December 9, 1888, the first deaconess was set apart to her duties.

    Deaconesses in Europe Jane M. Bancroft
British Dictionary definitions for deaconess


(Christianity) (in the early church and in some modern Churches) a female member of the laity with duties similar to those of a deacon
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