- a bishop of the highest rank who presides over an archbishopric or archdiocese.
Origin of archbishop
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Examples from the Web for archbishop
This is why there will not be much hand-wringing over the Archbishop of Canterbury confessing to doubting the existence of God.
Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, says there are moments he thinks, “Is there a God?”
When I was covering the wars in Central America, all of us knew that the archbishop would be killed.Why Pope Francis Wants to Declare Murdered Archbishop Romero a Saint
August 24, 2014
You see,” said the archbishop, “in Gaza there is also life, not only death.Fleeing Israeli Troops, Gaza Muslims Find Refuge in a Christian Church
July 23, 2014
She sought out the Archbishop of Canterbury to talk about death.The Day the Fairytale Died
July 12, 2014
To this he made no answer; but when the cry was, "Where is the Archbishop?"
The Archbishop of York talked of patience and good contrivance.
"Very well; if I can, I will come again for the ceremony," said the Archbishop aloud.My Double Life
Her mother introduced her to me at the Archbishop's party, and I talked to her a little.The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
It is a most splendid thing, mind you, to be Archbishop of Canterbury.
- a bishop of the highest rankAbbreviation: abp, Abp, Arch, Archbp
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Word Origin and History for archbishop
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