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1. A cleric ranking just below a priest in the Anglican, Eastern Orthodox, and Roman Catholic churches.
2. A lay assistant to a Protestant minister.
3. Used as a title prefixed to the surname of such a person: Deacon Brown.
[Middle English deken, from Old English dīacon, from Late Latin diāconus, perhaps from Greek diākonos, attendant, minister.]
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) (in the Roman Catholic and other episcopal churches) an ordained minister ranking immediately below a priest
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) (in Protestant churches) a lay official appointed or elected to assist the minister, esp in secular affairs
3. (Industrial Relations & HR Terms) Scot the president of an incorporated trade or body of craftsmen in a burgh
[Old English, ultimately from Greek diakonos servant]
1. (in hierarchical churches) a member of the clerical order next below that of a priest.
2. (in other churches) an appointed or elected officer having variously defined duties.
[before 900; Middle English deken, Old English diacon < Late Latin diāconus < Greek diakonos servant, minister, deacon]
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|Noun||1.||deacon - a Protestant layman who assists the minister|
church officer - a church official
deaconess - a woman deacon
|2.||deacon - a cleric ranking just below a priest in Christian churches; one of the Holy Orders|
clergyman, man of the cloth, reverend - a member of the clergy and a spiritual leader of the Christian Church