- 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: Middle 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-) plush -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
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- A cleric ranking just below a priest in the Anglican, Eastern Orthodox, and Roman Catholic churches.
- A Protestant layperson who assists the minister in various functions.
- Used as a title prefixed to the surname of such a person: Deacon Brown.
Origin: Middle English deken, from Old English dīacon, from Late Latin diāconus, perhaps from Greek diākonos, attendant, minister.