deaconess


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.

noun

  1. 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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