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

 

deaconess

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˌdiːkəˈnes//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdiːkənəs//
 
 
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(in some Christian Churches) a woman who has duties that are similar to those of a deacon Word Origin late Middle English: from deacon + -ess, on the pattern of late Latin diaconissa.
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