- (in hierarchical churches) a member of the clerical order next below that of a priest.
- (in other churches) an appointed or elected officer having variously defined duties.
- (in Freemasonry) either of two officers in a masonic lodge.
- to pack (vegetables or fruit) with only the finest pieces or the most attractive sides visible.
- to falsify (something); doctor.
- to castrate (a pig or other animal).
- to read aloud (a line of a psalm, hymn, etc.) before singing it.
Origin of deacon
Examples from the Web for deaconship
Historical Examples of deaconship
In the Episcopalian Church, the deaconship is the first step to the priesthood.The London Pulpit
J. Ewing Ritchie
Michael Flory and Samuel Long are elected to the deaconship.
Joseph Bowman and Joseph Harshberger are elected to the deaconship.
The deaconship was, next election, bestowed upon Treasurer Kerr.
He was struck down 10 before he got the Deaconship, and lives his lost life in mine.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume XV
Robert Louis Stevenson
- (in the Roman Catholic and other episcopal churches) an ordained minister ranking immediately below a priest
- (in Protestant churches) a lay official appointed or elected to assist the minister, esp in secular affairs
- Scot the president of an incorporated trade or body of craftsmen in a burgh
Word Origin for deacon
Word Origin and History for deaconship
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."