Deacon

Noun

  • (Protestantism) Methodism: A separate office from that of minister, neither leading to the other; instead there is a permanent deaconate.
  • (US, animal husbandry) A male calf of a dairy breed, so called because they are usually deaconed (see below).
  • (Church history) A designated minister of charity in the early Church (see Acts 6:1-6).
  • (Protestantism) Anglicanism: An ordained clergyman usually serving a year prior to being ordained presbyter, though in some cases they remain a permanent deacon.
  • (Mormonism) The lowest office in the Aaronic priesthood, generally held by 12 or 13 year old boys or recent converts.
  • (Protestantism) Free Churches: A lay leader of a congregation who assists the pastor.
  • (freemasonry) A junior lodge officer.
  • (Scotland) The chairman of an incorporated company.
  • (Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism) A clergyman ranked directly below a priest, with duties of helping the priests and carrying out parish work.

Verb

  • (US, animal husbandry) To kill a calf shortly after birth.
  • (Christianity, music) For a choir leader to lead a hymn by speaking one or two lines at a time, which are then sung by the choir.
  • (US, slang) To make sly alterations to the boundaries of (land); to adulterate or doctor (an article to be sold), etc.
  • (US, slang) To place fresh fruit at the top of a barrel or other container, with spoiled or imperfect fruit hidden beneath.

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