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deacon (n.)

Middle English deken, "one who reads the Gospel in divine worship, one of a body of assistants to a priest or other clergyman," from Old English deacon, diacon, from Late Latin diaconus, from Greek diakonos "servant of the church, religious official," literally "servant," from dia- here perhaps "thoroughly, from all sides," + PIE *kon-o-, from root *ken- "to hasten, set oneself in motion." Related: Deaconess; deaconship.

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Definitions of deacon

deacon (n.)
a Protestant layman who assists the minister;
Synonyms: Protestant deacon
deacon (n.)
a cleric ranking just below a priest in Christian churches; one of the Holy Orders;
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