Dea"con*ess (?), n. Eccl.

A female deacon

; as: (a) Primitive Ch.

One of an order of women whose duties resembled those of deacons.

(b) Ch. of Eng. and Prot. Epis. Ch.

A woman set apart for church work by a bishop.

(c)

A woman chosen as a helper in church work, as among the Congregationalists.

 

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