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/ 藞b瑟蕛 蓹p /
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a person who supervises a number of local churches or a diocese, being in the Greek, Roman Catholic, Anglican, and other churches a member of the highest order of the ministry.
a spiritual supervisor, overseer, or the like.
Chess. one of two pieces of the same color that may be moved any unobstructed distance diagonally, one on white squares and the other on black.
a hot drink made of port wine, oranges, cloves, etc.
Also called bishop bird . any of several colorful African weaverbirds of the genus Euplectes, often kept as pets.
verb (used with object), bish路oped, bish路op路ing.
to appoint to the office of bishop.
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Origin of bishop

before 900; Middle English; Old English bisc(e)op<Vulgar Latin *ebiscopus, for Late Latin episcopus<Greek ep铆skopos overseer, equivalent to epi-epi- + skop贸s watcher; see scope


bish路op路less, adjectivebish路op路like, adjectiveun路der路bish路op, noun

Other definitions for bishop (2 of 2)

[ bish-uhp ]
/ 藞b瑟蕛 蓹p /

Elizabeth, 1911鈥79, U.S. poet.
Hazel Gladys, 1906鈥1998, U.S. chemist and businesswoman.
John Peale, 1892鈥1944, U.S. poet and essayist.
Morris (Gilbert), 1893鈥1973, U.S. humorist, poet, and biographer.
William Avery "Billy", 1894鈥1956, Canadian aviator: helped to establish Canadian air force.
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British Dictionary definitions for bishop (1 of 2)

/ (藞b瑟蕛蓹p) /

(in the Roman Catholic, Anglican, and Greek Orthodox Churches) a clergyman having spiritual and administrative powers over a diocese or province of the ChurchSee also suffragan Related adjective: episcopal
(in some Protestant Churches) a spiritual overseer of a local church or a number of churches
a chesspiece, capable of moving diagonally over any number of unoccupied squares of the same colour
mulled wine, usually port, spiced with oranges, cloves, etc

Word Origin for bishop

Old English biscop, from Late Latin ep墨scopus, from Greek episkopos, from epi- + skopos watcher

British Dictionary definitions for bishop (2 of 2)

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Elizabeth . 1911鈥79, US poet, who lived in Brazil. Her poetry reflects her travelling experience, esp in the tropics
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Medical definitions for bishop

[ b沫sh蓹p ]
J. Michael Born 1936

American microbiologist. He shared a 1989 Nobel Prize for discovering a sequence of genes that can cause cancer when mutated.
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Scientific definitions for bishop

[ b沫sh蓹p ]
(John) Michael Born 1936

American molecular biologist who, working with Harold Varmus, discovered oncogenes. For this work, Bishop and Varmus shared the 1989 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine.
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Cultural definitions for bishop


In some Christian churches, a person appointed to oversee a group of priests or ministers and their congregations. In the Anglican Communion, the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Roman Catholic Church, bishops are considered the successors of the Twelve Apostles.

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