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 a priest acting as superior of the Roman Catholic secular clergy in England, first appointed in 1598 and superseded by a vicar apostolic in 1623.

Nearby words

  1. archness,
  2. archon,
  3. archons,
  4. archoplasm,
  5. archosaur,
  6. archrival,
  7. archsee,
  8. archt.,
  9. archway,
  10. archy

Origin of archpriest

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

Related formsarch·priest·hood, nounarch·priest·ship, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for archpriest


noun Christianity

(formerly) a chief assistant to a bishop, performing many of his sacerdotal functions during his absence
a senior priest
Derived Formsarchpriesthood or archpriestship, noun

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