Definitions for deaconˈdi kən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

dea•conˈdi kən(n.)

  1. (in hierarchical churches) a member of the clerical order next below that of a priest.

    Category: Religion

  2. (in other churches) an appointed or elected officer having variously defined duties.

    Category: Religion

Origin of deacon:

bef. 900; ME deken, OE diacon < LL diāconus < Gk diakonos servant, minister, deacon

dea′con•ship`(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. deacon, Protestant deacon(noun)

    a Protestant layman who assists the minister

  2. deacon(noun)

    a cleric ranking just below a priest in Christian churches; one of the Holy Orders

Wiktionary

  1. deacon(Noun)

    A designated minister of charity in the early Church (see Acts 6:1-6).

  2. deacon(Noun)

    A clergyman ranked directly below a priest, with duties of helping the priests and carrying out parish work.

  3. deacon(Noun)

    A lay leader of a congregation who assists the pastor.

  4. deacon(Noun)

    A junior Lodge officer.

  5. deacon(Noun)

    The lowest office in the Aaronic priesthood, generally held by 12 or 13 year old boys or recent converts.

  6. deacon(Noun)

    A male calf of a dairy breed, so called because they are usually deaconed (see below).

  7. deacon(Verb)

    For a choir leader to lead a hymn by speaking one or two lines at a time, which are then sung by the choir.

  8. deacon(Verb)

    To kill a calf shortly after birth.

  9. deacon(Verb)

    To place fresh fruit at the top of a barrel or other container, with spoiled or imperfect fruit hidden beneath.

  10. Origin: From diacon, from ecclesiastical diaconus, from διάκονος.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Deacon(noun)

    an officer in Christian churches appointed to perform certain subordinate duties varying in different communions. In the Roman Catholic and Episcopal churches, a person admitted to the lowest order in the ministry, subordinate to the bishops and priests. In Presbyterian churches, he is subordinate to the minister and elders, and has charge of certain duties connected with the communion service and the care of the poor. In Congregational churches, he is subordinate to the pastor, and has duties as in the Presbyterian church

  2. Deacon(noun)

    the chairman of an incorporated company

  3. Deacon(verb)

    to read aloud each line of (a psalm or hymn) before singing it, -- usually with off

Freebase

  1. Deacon

    Deacon is a ministry in the Christian Church that is generally associated with service of some kind, but which varies among theological and denominational traditions. In many traditions the "diaconate", the term for a deacon's office, is a clerical office; in others it is for laity. The word "deacon" is derived from the Greek word diakonos, which is a standard ancient Greek word meaning "servant", "waiting-man", "minister" or "messenger". One commonly promulgated speculation as to its etymology is that it literally means 'through the dust', referring to the dust raised by the busy servant or messenger. It is generally believed that the office of deacon originated in the selection of seven men, among them Stephen, to assist with the charitable work of the early church as recorded in Acts 6. Female deacons are mentioned by Pliny the Younger in a letter to Trajan dated c. 112. The exact relationship between male and female Deacons varies. In some traditions a female deacon is simply a member of the order of deacons; in others, deaconesses constitute a separate order; in others, the title "deaconess" is given to the wife of a deacon. A biblical description of the qualities required of a deacon, and of their household, can be found in 1 Timothy 3:1-13.

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