- 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 a priest acting as superior of the Roman Catholic secular clergy in England, first appointed in 1598 and superseded by a vicar apostolic in 1623.
Origin of archpriest
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Examples from the Web for archpriest
Here the Archpriest halted, and with the staff stirred the water.
But his fatherliness holds that Pabo the Archpriest was burnt.
He was finally deposed from office, and Birkhead took his place as archpriest.
The son of our archpriest, Father Cyril, himself is a lawyer.Dead Souls
Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol
Then began a bitter war of pamphlets between the adherents and the adversaries of the archpriest.
- (formerly) a chief assistant to a bishop, performing many of his sacerdotal functions during his absence
- a senior priest
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