Definition of deaconess in English:

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deaconess

Pronunciation: /ˈdēkənəs/

noun

(In the early church and some modern churches) a woman with duties similar to those of a deacon.
Example sentences
  • In the early 1970s, while in seminary, I wrote a seminar paper for Professor Glenn Hinson on the roles of deaconesses in the early church.
  • What duties did early English Baptist churches assign to deaconesses?
  • At this time she decided to become a deaconess in the Methodist Church and worked towards that end.

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Syllabification: dea·con·ess

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