deacon

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noun dea·con \ˈdē-kən\

Definition of deacon

  1. :  a subordinate officer in a Christian church: such asa :  a Roman Catholic, Anglican, or Eastern Orthodox cleric ranking next below a priestb :  one of the laymen elected by a church with congregational polity to serve in worship, in pastoral care, and on administrative committeesc :  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

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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

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DEACON Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of deacon for English Language Learners

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

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


DEACON Defined for Kids

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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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