diaconate

[dahy-ak-uh-nit, -neyt]

noun

the office or dignity of a deacon.
a body of deacons.

Nearby words

  1. diachylon,
  2. diacid,
  3. diacidic,
  4. diaclasis,
  5. diaconal,
  6. diaconicon,
  7. diacritic,
  8. diacritical,
  9. diactinic,
  10. diad

Origin of diaconate

From the Late Latin word diāconātus, dating back to 1720–30. See deacon, -ate3

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British Dictionary definitions for diaconate

diaconate

noun

the office, sacramental status, or period of office of a deacon

Word Origin for diaconate

C17: from Late Latin diāconātus; see deacon

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