from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A cleric ranking just below a priest in the Anglican, Eastern Orthodox, and Roman Catholic churches.
- noun A lay assistant to a Protestant minister.
- noun Used as a title prefixed to the surname of such a person.
from The Century Dictionary.
- To make or ordain deacon.
- To read out, as a line of a psalm or hymn, before singing it: sometimes with off: from an ancient custom of reading the hymn one or two lines at a time, the congregation singing the lines as read.
- To arrange so as to present a specious and attractive appearance; present the best and largest specimens (of fruit or vegetables) to view and conceal the defective ones: as, to
deaconstrawberries or apples.
- To sophisticate; adulterate; “doctor”: as, to
deaconwine or other liquor.
- noun A hunter's name for the young of the elk or wapiti, Cervus canadensis.
- noun Eccles., one of a body of men, either forming an order of the ministry or serving merely as elected officers of individual churches, whose chief duty is to assist a presbyter, priest, or other clergyman, especially in administering the eucharist and in the care of the poor.
- noun In Scotland, the president of an incorporated trade, who is the chairman of its meetings and signs its records.
- noun [Allusion not clear.] A green salted hide or skin weighing less than 8 pounds.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Eccl.) An officer in Christian churches appointed to perform certain subordinate duties varying in different communions. In the Roman Catholic and Episcopal churches, a person admitted to the lowest order in the ministry, subordinate to the bishops and priests. In Presbyterian churches, he is subordinate to the minister and elders, and has charge of certain duties connected with the communion service and the care of the poor. In Congregational churches, he is subordinate to the pastor, and has duties as in the Presbyterian church.
- noun Scot. The chairman of an incorporated company.
- transitive verb Colloq. New. Eng. To read aloud each line of (a psalm or hymn) before singing it, -- usually with off.
- transitive verb Colloq., U. S. With humorous reference to hypocritical posing: To pack (fruit or vegetables) with the finest specimens on top; to alter slyly the boundaries of (land); to adulterate or doctor (an article to be sold), etc.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun Church history A designated minister of charity in the early Church (see Acts 6:1-6).
- noun Roman Catholicism A
clergymanranked directly below a priest, with duties of helping the priests and carrying out parish work.
- noun Protestantism - Free Churches: A
layleader of a congregation who assists the pastor.
- noun Protestantism - Anglicanism: An
ordained clergymanusually serving a year prior to being ordained presbyter, though in some cases they remain a permanent deacon.
- noun Protestantism - Methodism: A separate office from that of
minister, neither leading to the other; instead there is a permanent deaconate.
- noun freemasonry A junior Lodge officer.
- noun Mormonism The lowest office in the Aaronic priesthood, generally held by 12 or 13 year old boys or recent converts.
- noun US, animal husbandry A male
calfof a dairybreed, so called because they are usually deaconed (see below).
- verb Christianity, music For a
choirleader to lead a hymnby speaking one or two lines at a time, which are then sung by the choir.
- verb US, animal husbandry To
killa calfshortly after birth.
- verb US To place fresh
fruitat the top of a barrel or other container, with spoiled or imperfect fruit hidden beneath.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a cleric ranking just below a priest in Christian churches; one of the Holy Orders
- noun a Protestant layman who assists the minister
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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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.
Laurentius, a Christian deacon, is said to have been martyred by the Romans in 258 AD on an iron outdoor stove.
Their work is, _to serve tables_, (hence the name deacon seems derived,)
Among the Lutherans, however, in Germany, the word deacon is generally applied to assistant, though fully ordained, ministers who aid the minister in charge of a particular cure or parish.
A third term, diakonos (from which comes our word deacon), is the one usually employed in relation to the ministry of the gospel: its application is twofold, -- in a general sense to indicate ministers of any order, whether superior or inferior, and in a special sense to indicate an order of inferiors ministers.
But it is not clear that Hegesippus here uses the word deacon in its strictly technical sense.
Goths and Lombards, as stated by Paul Warnefrid, surnamed the deacon, is attacked by Cluverius, (Germania, Antiq.l. iii. c.
A deacon is a cleric ranking just below a priest and two steps below a Lama.