noun Date: circa 1751 1. the office or period of office of a deacon or deaconess 2. an official body of deacons

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  • Diaconate — Di*ac o*nate, a. Governed by deacons. Diaconate church. T. Goodwin. [1913 Webster] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Diaconate — Di*ac o*nate, n. [L. diaconatus: cf. F. diaconat.] The office of a deacon; deaconship; also, a body or board of deacons. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • diaconate — [dī ak′ə nit, dī ak΄ənāt΄; ] also [də ak′ə nit, dēak′ə nāt] n. [LL(Ec) diaconatus] 1. the rank, office, or tenure of a deacon 2. a group or board of deacons …   English World dictionary

  • diaconate — /duy ak euh nit, nayt /, n. 1. the office or dignity of a deacon. 2. a body of deacons. [1720 30; < LL diaconatus. See DEACON, ATE3] * * *       the office of a deacon (q.v.), or a body or board of deacons. * * * …   Universalium

  • diaconate — noun a) The rank of a deacon b) Deacons considered as a group …   Wiktionary

  • Diaconate —    The office of a Deacon, or the order of Deacons collectively …   American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • diaconate — di·ac·o·nate || daɪ ækÉ™neɪt n. office of deacon; period of office of a deacon; body of deacons adj. ruled by deacons …   English contemporary dictionary

  • diaconate — [dʌɪ akəneɪt, ət] noun the office of deacon. ↘a body of deacons collectively. Origin C18: from eccles. L. diaconatus, from diaconus (see deacon) …   English new terms dictionary

  • diaconate — di·ac·o·nate …   English syllables

  • diaconate — di•ac•o•nate [[t]daɪˈæk ə nɪt, ˌneɪt[/t]] n. 1) rel the office, rank, or term of a deacon 2) rel a body of deacons • Etymology: 1720–30; < LL diāconātus …   From formal English to slang

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