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Definition of deacon:

  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.
  3. To read aloud each line of ( a psalm or hymn) before singing it, - usually with off.
  4. 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.


reverend, archbishopric, abbess, Protestant deacon, cleric, abbot, minister, catholic deacon, ecclesiastic, dominie, canon, bishop, archbishop, the Archbishop of Canterbury, clerk, preacher, church officer, priest, archdeacon, cardinal, bishopric, divine, clerical, vicar.

Usage examples:

  • My chief grasped it at once; but then, he was not a deacon.

    - "Children of the Tenements", Jacob A. Riis.
  • Gasbang was a church deacon.

    - "The Squatter and the Don", C. Loyal.
  • You are the wife of the old deacon,- of course.

    - "Fables for Children, Stories for Children, Natural Science Stories, Popular Education, Decembrists, Moral Tales", Leo Tolstoy.