[ ahrch-preest ]
/ ˈɑrtʃˈprist /


a priest holding first rank, as among the members of a cathedral chapter or among the clergy of a district outside the episcopal city.
Roman Catholic Church. a priest acting as superior of the Roman Catholic secular clergy in England, first appointed in 1598 and superseded by a vicar apostolic in 1623.


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Origin of archpriest

1350–1400; Middle English archeprest (modeled on Late Latin archipresbyter < Greek archipresbýteros). See arch-1, priest


arch·priest·hood, nounarch·priest·ship, noun

Words nearby archpriest Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for archpriest

/ (ˈɑːtʃˈpriːst) /

noun Christianity

(formerly) a chief assistant to a bishop, performing many of his sacerdotal functions during his absence
a senior priest

Derived forms of archpriest

archpriesthood or archpriestship, noun
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