- assisting or auxiliary to, as applied to any bishop in relation to the archbishop or metropolitan who is his superior, or as applied to an assistant or subsidiary bishop who performs episcopal functions in a diocese but has no ordinary jurisdiction, as, in the Church of England, a bishop consecrated to assist the ordinary bishop of a see in part of his diocese.
- (of a see or diocese) subordinate to an archiepiscopal or metropolitan see.
- a suffragan bishop.
Origin of suffragan
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Examples from the Web for suffragan
There are no other signatures of suffragan or inferior bishops attached.
Barking is a suffragan bishopric in the diocese of St Albans.
Its first prelate was suffragan to the metropolitan see of Méjico.
Kensington is a suffragan bishopric in the diocese of London.
Islington is a suffragan bishopric in the diocese of London.
- (of any bishop of a diocese) subordinate to and assisting his superior archbishop or metropolitan
- (of any assistant bishop) having the duty of assisting the bishop of the diocese to which he is appointed but having no ordinary jurisdiction in that diocese
- a suffragan bishop
C14: from Medieval Latin suffragāneus, from suffrāgium assistance, from Latin: suffrage
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Word Origin and History for suffragan
late 14c., "bishop who assists another bishop," from Anglo-French and Old French suffragan (13c.), from Medieval Latin suffraganeus "assisting, supporting," from Latin suffragium "support" (see suffrage).
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