- (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
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Examples from the Web for deaconess
The field of work of the deaconess in modern times is a large one.
The deaconess institutions have the good features, but have avoided the ill.
Adjoining the hall, at the west end, was built the deaconess house.
In marked contrast to Dettelsau is the deaconess house at Berne.
The deaconess home has also branches of work in different parts of France.
- 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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