dea·​con | \ ˈdē-kən How to pronounce deacon (audio) \

Definition of deacon

: a subordinate officer in a Christian church: such 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

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Examples of deacon in a Sentence

my cousin was married by his uncle, who is also a deacon in his church

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Conway — who as deacon is called to direct the church’s work in the wider community — has shared her feelings of loss and her hopes for reconciliation at multiple parish events over the past several months. Jonathan Pitts,, "In slavery, her family was owned by his. Now they attend a Baltimore church seeking to atone for its past.," 12 Sep. 2019 Pompeo became a deacon of Wichita’s Eastminster Church, an evangelical congregation that eventually quit the mainstream Presbyterian Church because of its support for gay clergy. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "Mike Pompeo, the Secretary of Trump," 19 Aug. 2019 Roland was also active in the Winter Park Presbyterian Church as a deacon and elder until he and Shirley were asked to lead a group sent out to form the Tuskawilla Presbyterian Church in 1973., "Deaths in Central Florida: 9/15," 15 Sep. 2019 The former deputy, a Southern Baptist who sometimes serves as a deacon at his local church, is believed to be the first plaintiff to invoke the Billy Graham Rule in making a discrimination claim, BuzzFeed News reported. Fox News, "Christian deputy’s request to follow ‘Billy Graham Rule’ got him fired, he claims in lawsuit," 24 Aug. 2019 Even with so many parishioners absent Sunday, the pews were packed as Mena followed the procession toward the chancel, behind the altar server holding up a red processional cross and the deacon carrying a red and gold Bible. Los Angeles Times, "A Mississippi church counts its missing after ICE raids: ‘This is a very dark moment’," 19 Aug. 2019 Brooks’s mom is a minister and her dad is a church deacon. Leanne Italie,, "‘Orange Is the New Black’ leaves legacy for women of color," 10 July 2019 Authorities in Tennessee also arrested and charged Billy Ray Turner, who served as a deacon at the Memphis-area church Wright once attended, with first-degree murder. Los Angeles Times, "The Sports Report: Ex-wife pleads guilty in Lorenzen Wright case," 26 July 2019 Pastor and First Lady Erza and Catrina Tillman, and their team of church deacons have been conducting water services for bottled distribution for the past five years. Danielle Kwateng-clark, Teen Vogue, "Jaden Smith On Flint, Michigan and How We Can All Change the World," 9 July 2019

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First Known Use of deacon

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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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English Language Learners Definition of deacon

: an official in some Christian churches whose rank is just below a priest
: a member of some Christian churches who has special duties


dea·​con | \ ˈdē-kən How to pronounce deacon (audio) \

Kids Definition of deacon

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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