deacon

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dea·con

noun \ˈdē-kən\

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

: a member of some Christian churches who has special duties

Full Definition of DEACON

:  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

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

Origin 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

Other Christian Religious Terms

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Rhymes with DEACON

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