Definition of deaconess
: a woman chosen to assist in the church ministry; specifically : one in a Protestant order
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But the pope asked some skeptical questions at the assembly about whether the responsibilities of deaconesses in the early church were more circumscribed than those of male deacons.
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DEACONESS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of deaconess for English Language Learners
: a woman in some Christian churches who has special duties : a female deacon
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