in some Protestant denominations, a woman consecrated or commissioned to serve in a church-related agency or hospital
Origin of deaconessMiddle English dekenesse from Ecclesiastical Late Latin diaconissa, feminine of diaconus: see deacon and -ess
- A laywoman serving as assistant to a Protestant minister.
- Used as a title prefixed to the surname of such a woman: Deaconess Brown.
deacon + -ess