Definition of deacon noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈdiːkən//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdiːkən//
    Religious people
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  1. 1(in the Roman Catholic, Anglican and Orthodox Churches) a religious leader just below the rank of a priest See related entries: Religious people
  2. 2(in some Nonconformist Churches) a person who is not a member of the clergy, but who helps a minister with church business affairs See related entries: Religious people
  3. Word OriginOld English diacon, via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek diakonos ‘servant’ (in ecclesiastical Greek ‘Christian minister’).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: deacon