Deacon meaning

dēkən
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(Protestantism) Free Churches: A lay leader of a congregation who assists the pastor.
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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.
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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.

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A cleric ranking just below a priest in the Anglican, Eastern Orthodox, and Roman Catholic churches.
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A lay assistant to a Protestant minister.
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Used as a title prefixed to the surname of such a person.

Deacon Brown.

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A cleric ranking just below a priest in the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches.
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(informal, former) To read (a verse) aloud before it is sung by the congregation.
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(Church history) A designated minister of charity in the early Church (see Acts 6:1-6).
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(Roman Catholicism) A clergyman ranked directly below a priest, with duties of helping the priests and carrying out parish work.
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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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(Protestantism) Methodism: A separate office from that of minister, neither leading to the other; instead there is a permanent deaconate.
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(freemasonry) A junior lodge officer.
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(US, animal husbandry) A male calf of a dairy breed, so called because they are usually deaconed (see below).
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(Scotland) The chairman of an incorporated company.
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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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(US) To place fresh fruit at the top of a barrel or other container, with spoiled or imperfect fruit hidden beneath.
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(Mormonism) The lowest office in the Aaronic priesthood, generally held by 12 or 13 year old boys or recent converts.
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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