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'''''Diakonissa''''' is a Greek title of honor that is used to refer to a [[deacon|deacon's]] wife. It is derived from ''diakonos''—the Greek word for ''deacon'' (literally, "server"). There does not currently seem to be any standard English equivalent, so most English-speaking Orthodox Christians will use the title most common in the old country churches from which their local family or parish finds its origin.
In Arabic, a deacon's wife is called ''Shamassy'' (derived from ''Shamas'', Arabic for "deacon").
The Slavic tradition generally uses the same word for deacon's wife that is used for a [[presbytera|priest's wife]]: ''Matushka'' (Russian ), ''Papadija'' (Serbian), ''Panimatushka'' (Ukrainian), etc.