deacon

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈdiːkən/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈdikən/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(dēkən)


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
dea•con /ˈdikən/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Religiona member of the Christian clergy below the rank of a priest, or a non-clerical officer having various duties.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
dea•con  (dēkən),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Religion(in hierarchical churches) a member of the clerical order next below that of a priest.
  2. Religion(in other churches) an appointed or elected officer having variously defined duties.
  3. (in Freemasonry) either of two officers in a masonic lodge.

v.t. 
  1. to pack (vegetables or fruit) with only the finest pieces or the most attractive sides visible.
  2. to falsify (something);
    doctor.
  3. to castrate (a pig or other animal).
  4. Religionto read aloud (a line of a psalm, hymn, etc.) before singing it.
deacon•ship′, n. 
  • Greek diá̄konos servant, minister, deacon, equivalent. to diā- dia- + -konos service
  • Late Latin diāconus
  • Middle English deken, Old English diacon bef. 900

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
deacon /ˈdiːkən/ n
  1. (in the Roman Catholic and other episcopal churches) an ordained minister ranking immediately below a priest
  2. (in Protestant churches) a lay official appointed or elected to assist the minister, esp in secular affairs
Etymology: Old English, ultimately from Greek diakonos servant

ˈdeaconˌship n
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