Definition of Deacon

1. Noun. A Protestant layman who assists the minister.

Exact synonyms: Protestant Deacon
Generic synonyms: Church Officer
Specialized synonyms: Deaconess



2. Noun. A cleric ranking just below a priest in Christian churches; one of the Holy Orders.

Definition of Deacon

1. n. 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.

2. v. t. To read aloud each line of (a psalm or hymn) before singing it, -- usually with off.

3. v. t. 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.

Definition of Deacon

1. Noun. (context: Church history) A designated minister of charity in the early Church (see Acts 6:1-6). ¹

2. Noun. (Roman Catholicism) A clergyman ranked directly below a priest, with duties of helping the priests and carrying out parish work. ¹

3. Noun. (Protestantism) A lay leader of a congregation who assists the pastor. ¹

4. Noun. (freemasonry) A junior Lodge officer. ¹

5. Noun. (Mormonism) The lowest office in the Aaronic priesthood, generally held by 12 or 13 year old boys or recent converts. ¹

6. Noun. (US animal husbandry) A male calf of a dairy breed, so called because they are usually deaconed (see below). ¹

7. Verb. (Christianity music) For a choir leader to lead a hymn by speaking one or two lines at a time, which are then sung by the choir. ¹

8. Verb. (US animal husbandry) To kill a calf shortly after birth. ¹

9. Verb. (American English) To place fresh fruit at the top of a barrel or other container, with spoiled or imperfect fruit hidden beneath. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Deacon

1. to read a hymn aloud [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Deacon

1. 1. 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. 2. The chairman of an incorporated company. Origin: OE. Diakne, deakne, deken, AS. Diacon, deacon, L. Diaconus, fr. Gr. A servant or minister, a minister of the church; of uncertain origin. In sense 2 prob. Confused with dean. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Deacon

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Ante-Nicene Christian Library: Translations of the Writings of the Fathers by James Donaldson, Alexander Roberts (1869)
"deaconS. Ammonius, deacon, in like manner. Macarius, deacon. ... deacon. Marcus, deacon. Commodus, deacon. Serapion, deacon. Nilus, deacon. ..."

2. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1909)
"The sub- deacon was later associated with the deacon and was declared a member of the " major orders " by Innocent III. (1198-1216; cf. ..."

3. Old English Plate: Its Makers and Marks by Wilfred Joseph Cripps (1891)
"Robert Gordon, with his initials crowned, was deacon of the craft in 1748-9 ... deacon, illegible. The George Heriot Loving Cup, formed of a Nautilus shell. ..."

4. The Knickerbocker: Or, New-York Monthly Magazine by Charles Fenno Hoffman, Timothy Flint, Lewis Gaylord Clark, Kinahan Cornwallis, John Holmes Agnew (1841)
"What the dev — I say, what's all this row about 1 Is the town a-fire, and the engine broke down t or is ' ' Good morning, deacon Hobbs ! ..."

5. The Contemporary Review (1866)
""The priest, deacon, and sub-deacon being vested, the blessing of the incense to be used in the procession takes place, immediately before leaving the ..."

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