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



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.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: deaconess