- The definition of a deacon is a member of the Catholic church who is in the position just below priest.
An example of a deacon is the person who oversees church charities.
- a cleric ranking just below a priest in the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches
- in some Protestant churches,
- a person in training to be a minister
- an officer who helps the minister in matters not having to do with worship
Origin of deaconMiddle English deken ; from Old English deacon ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin diaconus, a servant of the church, deacon ; from Classical Greek diakonos, servant, messenger (in New Testament , deacon) ; from dia- (see dia-) + -konein, to strive ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ken- from source Classical Latin conari, to try, western digon, can
- ☆ Informal to read (a verse) aloud before it is sung by the congregation: usually with off
- ☆ Slang
- to pack (produce) so that only the best shows
- to deal with deceptively
- A cleric ranking just below a priest in the Anglican, Eastern Orthodox, and Roman Catholic churches.
- A lay assistant to a Protestant minister.
- Used as a title prefixed to the surname of such a person: Deacon Brown.
Origin of deaconMiddle English deken, from Old English dīacon, from Late Latin diāconus, perhaps from Greek diākonos, attendant, minister.
- (Church history) A designated minister of charity in the early Church (see Acts 6:1-6).
- (Roman Catholicism) A clergyman ranked directly below a priest, with duties of helping the priests and carrying out parish work.
- (Protestantism) Free Churches: A lay leader of a congregation who assists the pastor.
- (Protestantism) Anglicanism: An ordained clergyman usually serving a year prior to being ordained presbyter, though in some cases they remain a permanent deacon.
- (Protestantism) Methodism: A separate office from that of minister, neither leading to the other; instead there is a permanent deaconate.
- (freemasonry) A junior lodge officer.
- (Mormonism) The lowest office in the Aaronic priesthood, generally held by 12 or 13 year old boys or recent converts.
- (US, animal husbandry) A male calf of a dairy breed, so called because they are usually deaconed (see below).
- (Scotland) The chairman of an incorporated company.
(third-person singular simple present deacons, present participle deaconing, simple past and past participle deaconed)
- (Christianity, music) For a choir leader to lead a hymn by speaking one or two lines at a time, which are then sung by the choir.
- (US, animal husbandry) To kill a calf shortly after birth.
- (US) To place fresh fruit at the top of a barrel or other container, with spoiled or imperfect fruit hidden beneath.
From Old English diacon, from Ecclesiastical Latin diaconus, from Ancient Greek διάκονος (diākonos, “servant, minister”).