archdeacon

[ ahrch-dee-kuh n ]
/ ˈɑrtʃˈdi kən /

noun

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 arcediacon < Late Latin archidiāconus < Greek archidiā́konos. See arch-1, deacon

Related forms

arch·dea·con·ate, arch·dea·con·ship, noun
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archdeacon

/ (ˈɑːtʃˈdiːkən) /

noun

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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