Deaconess definition

dēkə-nĭs
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A laywoman serving as assistant to a Protestant minister.
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Used as a title prefixed to the surname of such a woman.

Deaconess Brown.

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In some Protestant denominations, a woman consecrated or commissioned to serve in a church-related agency or hospital.
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A female servant in the early Christian church.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
deaconess
Plural:
deaconesses

Origin of deaconess

  • deacon +‎ -ess

    From Wiktionary