Deacon Definition

dēkən
deacons
noun
deacons
A cleric ranking just below a priest in the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches.
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In some Protestant churches,
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Used as a title prefixed to the surname of such a person.
Deacon Brown.
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(Church history) A designated minister of charity in the early Church (see Acts 6:1-6).
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(Protestantism) Anglicanism: An ordained clergyman usually serving a year prior to being ordained presbyter, though in some cases they remain a permanent deacon.

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verb
To read (a verse) aloud before it is sung by the congregation.
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To pack (produce) so that only the best shows.
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To deal with deceptively.
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(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.

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(US, animal husbandry) To kill a calf shortly after birth.

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Other Word Forms of Deacon

Noun

Singular:
deacon
Plural:
deacons

Origin of Deacon

  • Middle English deken from Old English dīacon from Late Latin diāconus perhaps from Greek diākonos attendant, minister

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English diacon, from Ecclesiastical Latin diaconus, from Ancient Greek διάκονος (diākonos, “servant, minister”).

    From Wiktionary

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