deacon

[ dee-kuh n ]
/ ˈdi kən /

noun

(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.

verb (used with object)

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Origin of deacon

before 900; Middle English deken, Old English diacon < Late Latin diāconus < Greek diā́konos servant, minister, deacon, equivalent to diā- dia- + -konos service

OTHER WORDS FROM deacon

dea·con·ship, nounun·der·dea·con, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for deaconship

deacon
/ (ˈdiːkən) /

noun Christianity

(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

Other words from deacon

Related adjective: diaconal

Derived forms of deacon

deaconship, noun

Word Origin for deacon

Old English, ultimately from Greek diakonos servant
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