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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.
''Diakonissa'' was also the term used in the ancient Church for the order of deaconess, a non-clerical order which saw to the care of women in the community.
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.