[ ahrch-bish-uh p-rik ]
/ ˌɑrtʃˈbɪʃ əp rɪk /


the see, diocese, or office of an archbishop.

Origin of archbishopric

before 1000; Middle English archebischopric, Old English arcebisceoprīce, equivalent to arcebisceop archbishop + rīce region, realm; cognate with Old Norse rīki, Gothic reiki, Old High German rīhki (German Reich) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for archbishopric


/ (ˈɑːtʃˈbɪʃəprɪk) /


the rank, office, or jurisdiction of an archbishop
the area governed by an archbishop
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Word Origin and History for archbishopric



Old English arcebiscoprice, from archbishop + rice "realm, dominion, province" (see regal).

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