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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 dea·con /ˈdikən/
 副主祭,執事,公會會長(vt.)朗讀,擺得好看些

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Dea·con v. t.
 1. To read aloud each line of (a psalm or hymn) before singing it, -- usually with off. [Colloq. New. Eng.] See Line, v. t.
 Note:The expression is derived from a former custom in the Congregational churches of New England. It was part of the office of a deacon to read aloud the psalm given out, one line at a time, the congregation singing each line as soon as read; -- called, also, lining out the psalm.
 2.  With humorous reference to hypocritical posing: To pack (fruit or vegetables) with the finest specimens on top; to alter slyly the boundaries of (land); to adulterate or doctor (an article to be sold), etc. [Colloq., U. S.]
 

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Dea·con n.
 1. Eccl. An officer in Christian churches appointed to perform certain subordinate duties varying in different communions. In the Roman Catholic and Episcopal churches, a person admitted to the lowest order in the ministry, subordinate to the bishops and priests. In Presbyterian churches, he is subordinate to the minister and elders, and has charge of certain duties connected with the communion service and the care of the poor. In Congregational churches, he is subordinate to the pastor, and has duties as in the Presbyterian church.
 2. The chairman of an incorporated company. [Scot.]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 deacon
      n 1: a Protestant layman who assists the minister [syn: Protestant
           deacon]
      2: a cleric ranking just below a priest in Christian churches;
         one of the Holy Orders

From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

 Deacon
    Anglicized form of the Greek word diaconos, meaning a "runner,"
    "messenger," "servant." For a long period a feeling of mutual
    jealousy had existed between the "Hebrews," or Jews proper, who
    spoke the sacred language of palestine, and the "Hellenists," or
    Jews of the Grecian speech, who had adopted the Grecian
    language, and read the Septuagint version of the Bible instead
    of the Hebrew. This jealousy early appeared in the Christian
    community. It was alleged by the Hellenists that their widows
    were overlooked in the daily distribution of alms. This spirit
    must be checked. The apostles accordingly advised the disciples
    to look out for seven men of good report, full of the Holy
    Ghost, and men of practical wisdom, who should take entire
    charge of this distribution, leaving them free to devote
    themselves entirely to the spiritual functions of their office
    (Acts 6:1-6). This was accordingly done. Seven men were chosen,
    who appear from their names to have been Hellenists. The name
    "deacon" is nowhere applied to them in the New Testament; they
    are simply called "the seven" (21:8). Their office was at first
    secular, but it afterwards became also spiritual; for among
    other qualifications they must also be "apt to teach" (1 Tim. 3:
    8-12). Both Philip and Stephen, who were of "the seven,"
    preached; they did "the work of evangelists."