- A person in training to be a minister.
- An officer who helps the minister in matters not having to do with worship.
An example of a deacon is the person who oversees church charities.
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”).