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deacon

[dee-kuh n] /ˈdi kən/
noun
1.
(in hierarchical churches) a member of the clerical order next below that of a priest.
2.
(in other churches) an appointed or elected officer having variously defined duties.
3.
(in Freemasonry) either of two officers in a masonic lodge.
verb (used with object)
4.
to pack (vegetables or fruit) with only the finest pieces or the most attractive sides visible.
5.
to falsify (something); doctor.
6.
to castrate (a pig or other animal).
7.
to read aloud (a line of a psalm, hymn, etc.) before singing it.
Origin of deacon
900
before 900; Middle English deken, Old English diacon < Late Latin diāconus < Greek diā́konos servant, minister, deacon, equivalent to diā- dia- + -konos service
Related forms
deaconship, noun
underdeacon, noun
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deacon

/ˈdiːkən/
noun (Christianity)
1.
(in the Roman Catholic and other episcopal churches) an ordained minister ranking immediately below a priest
2.
(in Protestant churches) a lay official appointed or elected to assist the minister, esp in secular affairs
3.
(Scot) the president of an incorporated trade or body of craftsmen in a burgh
related
adjective diaconal
Derived Forms
deaconship, noun
Word Origin
Old English, ultimately from Greek diakonos servant
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deacon

n.

Old English deacon, diacon, from Late Latin diaconus, from Greek diakonos "servant of the church, religious official," literally "servant," from dia- "thoroughly" + PIE *kon-o-, from root *ken- "to set oneself in motion."

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