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(n.) One of an order of women whose duties resembled those of deacons.
(n.) A woman set apart for church work by a bishop.
(n.) A female deacon
(n.) A woman chosen as a helper in church work, as among the Congregationalists.
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Webster, Noah. Entry for 'Deaconess'. Noah Webster's American Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/web/d/deaconess.html. 1828.