Definition of deacon
: 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
my cousin was married by his uncle, who is also a deacon in his church
Recent Examples of deacon from the Web
Most priests, deacons, sisters, brothers and lay pastoral workers in the church could probably say the same thing.
The Deacons begin play Maryland-Baltimore County (23-23), and the Tigers take on UNC Greensboro (35-22).
For the better part of the afternoon against Wake Forest on Friday, the Hurricanes looked listless and struggled at the plate while the third-seeded Demon Deacons held the lead.
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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
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
DEACON Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of deacon for Students
1 : an official in some Christian churches ranking just below a priest
2 : a church member in some Christian churches who has special duties
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