an ecclesiastic, ranking next below a bishop and having charge of the temporal and external administration of a diocese, with jurisdiction delegated from the bishop.
Roman Catholic Church. a title of honor conferred only on a member of a cathedral chapter.
Origin of archdeacon
before 1000; Middle English archideken, Old English arcediaconRelated formsarch·dea·con·ate, arch·dea·con·ship, noun
< Late Latin archidiāconus
< Greek archidiā́konos.
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Related Words for archdeaconbishop
Examples from the Web for archdeacon
Contemporary Examples of archdeacon
Historical Examples of archdeacon
We advise you to communicate with the nearest Rural Dean or Archdeacon.
"Pardon me, Mr. Archdeacon, we have nothing to do with that," said the Minister.
It included Archdeacon Wealthy, who served as its spokesman.
"We've been, sir," said the Archdeacon, and then followed an explanation of the Bishop's powerlessness.
I think I've heard that sentiment before somewhere, Mr. Archdeacon.
British Dictionary definitions for archdeacon
an Anglican clergyman ranking just below a bishop and having supervisory duties under the bishop
a clergyman of similar rank in other Churches
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Word Origin and History for archdeacon
Old English arcediacon, from Church Latin archidiaconus, from Ecclesiastical Greek arkhidiakonon "chief deacon;" see arch- + deacon.
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