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.
The chairman of an incorporated company.
To read aloud each line of (a psalm or hymn) before
singing it, -- usually with off.