deaconess

deaconess

[dee-kuh-nis]
noun
1.
(in certain Protestant churches) a woman belonging to an order or sisterhood dedicated to the care of the sick or poor or who is engaging in other social-service duties, as teaching or missionary work.
2.
a woman elected by a church to assist the clergy.

Origin:
1530–40; earlier deaconisse, part translation, part adoption of Late Latin diāconissa, feminine of diāconus deacon; see -ess


See -ess.
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deaconess (ˈdiːkənɪs)
 
n
Christianity (in the early church and in some modern Churches) a female member of the laity with duties similar to those of a deacon

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Deaconess definition


Rom. 16:1, 3, 12; Phil. 4:2, 3; 1 Tim. 3:11; 5:9, 10; Titus 2:3, 4). In these passages it is evident that females were then engaged in various Christian ministrations. Pliny makes mention of them also in his letter to Trajan (A.D. 110).

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