Definition of "deacon" [dea•con]

  • A cleric ranking just below a priest in the Anglican, Eastern Orthodox, and Roman Catholic churches. (noun)
  • A Protestant layperson who assists the minister in various functions. (noun)
  • Used as a title prefixed to the surname of such a person: Deacon Brown. (noun)

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Use "deacon" in a sentence
  • "While the word deacon is Greek for minister, and to minister is to serve, the word is otherwise translated as "deacon" or "minister" when it refers to men."
  • "The young deacon is question has a donor who will provide funds for the purchase -- price dependent it goes without saying."
  • "As he returns from the sacristy, the deacon is preceded by two acolytes, and accompanied by two others carrying lighted candles."