deaconessnoun [ C ]uk /ˌdiː.kəˈnes/ us /ˈdiː.kən.əs/
Examples from literature
- She thinks we're sure to be deaconesses, at the very least.
- Some churches did ordain women as pastors over congregations of their own, others elected women deaconesses, and a few churches allowed women, as delegates, to sit in their conferences.
- The Sisters Evelyn and Miriam, who organized much of this work, were Wesley deaconesses employed in South Africa.
- The deaconesses date from the first century of the church.
- There came one day for consultation a very healthy-looking woman, a deaconess of the Lutheran Church.