- (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
Examples from the Web for deaconess
Historical Examples of 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.
The first deaconess was Gertrude Reichardt, the daughter of a physician.
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