Meaning of “deaconess” in the English Dictionary

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"deaconess" in British English

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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. 

(Definition of “deaconess” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)