[ ahrch-dee-kuh n ]
/ ˈɑrtʃˈdi kən /


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.

Nearby words

  1. archbp,
  2. archbp.,
  3. archconfraternity,
  4. archconservative,
  5. archd.,
  6. archdeaconry,
  7. archdiocese,
  8. archducal,
  9. archduchess,
  10. archduchy

Origin of archdeacon

before 1000; Middle English archideken, Old English arcediacon < Late Latin archidiāconus < Greek archidiā́konos. See arch-1, deacon

Related formsarch·dea·con·ate, arch·dea·con·ship, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for archdeacon


/ (ˈɑːtʃˈdiːkən) /


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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper