diaconate

[ dahy-ak-uh-nit, -neyt ]
/ daɪˈæk ə nɪt, -ˌneɪt /

noun

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

Origin of diaconate

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

/ (daɪˈækənɪt, -ˌneɪt) /

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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