di·​ac·​o·​nate | \ dī-ˈa-kə-nət How to pronounce diaconate (audio) , -ˌnāt, dē- \

Definition of diaconate

1 : the office or period of office of a deacon or deaconess
2 : an official body of deacons

Examples of diaconate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For more information about the diaconate program, call Fr. Courant Community, "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 29 May 2018 The ordinary means of entering the clerical state is by ordination to the diaconate. Laurie Goodstein, New York Times, "Pope Francis Says Panel Will Study Whether Women May Serve as Deacons MAY 12, 2016," 2 Aug. 2016

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First Known Use of diaconate

circa 1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Diaconate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diaconate. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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