deaconess

noun dea·con·ess \ ˈdē-kə-nəs \

Definition of deaconess

: a woman chosen to assist in the church ministry; specifically : one in a Protestant order

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First Known Use of deaconess

15th century


DEACONESS Defined for English Language Learners

deaconess

Definition of deaconess for English Language Learners

  • : a woman in some Christian churches who has special duties : a female deacon


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  1. Spanish Central: Translation of deaconess


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