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deacon

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noun dea·con \ˈdē-kən\

Simple Definition of deacon

  • : an official in some Christian churches whose rank is just below a priest

  • : a member of some Christian churches who has special duties

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of deacon

  1. :  a subordinate officer in a Christian church: as a :  a Roman Catholic, Anglican, or Eastern Orthodox cleric ranking next below a priest b :  one of the laymen elected by a church with congregational polity to serve in worship, in pastoral care, and on administrative committees c :  a Mormon in the lowest grade of the Aaronic priesthood

Examples of deacon in a sentence

  1. <my cousin was married by his uncle, who is also a deacon in his church>



Origin and Etymology of deacon

Middle English dekene, from Old English dēacon, from Late Latin diaconus, from Greek diakonos, literally, servant, from dia- + -konos (akin to enkonein to be active); perhaps akin to Latin conari to attempt


First Known Use: before 12th century

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DEACON Defined for Kids

deacon

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noun dea·con \ˈdē-kən\

Definition of deacon for Students

  1. 1 :  an official in some Christian churches ranking just below a priest

  2. 2 :  a church member in some Christian churches who has special duties





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