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archbishop

[ ahrch-bish-uh p ]
/ ˈɑrtʃˈbɪʃ əp /
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noun

a bishop of the highest rank who presides over an archbishopric or archdiocese.

RELATED WORDS

bishop, pastor, evangelist, cleric, pontiff, rabbi, preacher, priest, chaplain, missionary, vicar, confessor, curate, abbot, rector, dean, divine, ecclesiastic, prelate, lecturer

Nearby words

archaism, archaize, archangel, archangelic, archbanc, archbishop, archbishopric, archbp, archbp., archconfraternity, archconservative

Origin of archbishop

before 900; Middle English; Old English arcebisceop (arce- arch-1 + bisceop bishop), modeled on Late Latin archiepiscopus < Greek archiepískopos; replacing Old English hēahbisceop (see high)
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British Dictionary definitions for archbishop

archbishop

/ (ˈɑːtʃˈbɪʃəp) /

noun

a bishop of the highest rankAbbreviation: abp, Abp, Arch, Archbp
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Word Origin and History for archbishop

archbishop


n.

Old English ærcebiscop, from Late Latin archiepiscopus, from Greek arkhi- "chief" (see archon) + episkopos "bishop," literally "overseer." Replaced earlier Old English heah biscop (see bishop). The spelling conformed to Latin from 12c.

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