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

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 laity 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

Examples of deacon in a Sentence

my cousin was married by his uncle, who is also a deacon in his church
Recent Examples on the Web Tom Pohlmeier, the parish's deacon and lawn mower, also kept quiet until the Catholic Church made a formal announcement on Tuesday. Frank E. Lockwood, Arkansas Online, 30 May 2022 The slain included a civil rights advocate, a deacon and a heroic security guard. Elise Brisco, USA TODAY, 17 May 2022 Krista Muscat, deacon of the Benevolence Fund at the church, says a contingent from her church have been going for the past decade. Darcel Rockett, Chicago Tribune, 30 May 2022 The final Central Florida church leader on the list was Thomas Warren Halsey, who served as deacon of First Baptist Church in Leesburg. Desiree Stennett, Orlando Sentinel, 27 May 2022 One victim was a father buying his young son a birthday cake, another was a grandma of eight, and yet another was a church deacon. Molly Longman,, 25 May 2022 Heyward Patterson, 67, another shooting victim, was a deacon at her church. New York Times, 23 May 2022 Heyward Patterson, 67, was a deacon at a nearby church. CBS News, 16 May 2022 Austere half-hour celebrations have given way in some parishes to regular solemn Masses that require a master of ceremonies, priest, deacon and subdeacon. Matthew Walther, WSJ, 22 July 2021 See More

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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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“Deacon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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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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