Examples from the Web for suffragan
Islington is a suffragan bishopric in the diocese of London.
A non-juror, consecrated in 1693 suffragan bishop of Thetford by three of the deprived non-juror bishops.Life Of Johnson, Volume 5|Boswell
He needs an assistant, a suffragan or coadjutor, and I intend to make it my affair to see that he gets one.The Inside of the Cup, Complete|Winston Churchill
An Indian suffragan bishop might well be given jurisdiction over one of these areas.India and the Indians|Edward F. Elwin
The principal parish church was raised to a suffragan of Osma in the twelfth century.The Cathedrals of Northern Spain|Charles Rudy
British Dictionary definitions for suffragan
- (of any bishop of a diocese) subordinate to and assisting his superior archbishop or metropolitan
- (of any assistant bishop) having the duty of assisting the bishop of the diocese to which he is appointed but having no ordinary jurisdiction in that diocese
Word Origin for suffragan
Word Origin and History for suffragan
late 14c., "bishop who assists another bishop," from Anglo-French and Old French suffragan (13c.), from Medieval Latin suffraganeus "assisting, supporting," from Latin suffragium "support" (see suffrage).