noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English arcebiscop, from Late Latin archiepiscopus, from Late Greek archiepiskopos, from archi- + episkopos bishop — more at bishop Date: before 12th century a bishop at the head of an ecclesiastical province or one of equivalent honorary rank

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  • Archbishop — Arch bish op, n. [AS. arcebisceop, arcebiscop, L. archiepiscopus, fr. Gr. archiepi skopos. See {Bishop}.] A chief bishop; a church dignitary of the first class (often called a metropolitan or primate) who superintends the conduct of the suffragan …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • archbishop — (n.) O.E. ærcebiscop, from L.L. archiepiscopus, from Gk. arkhi chief (see ARCHON (Cf. archon)) + episkopos bishop, lit. overseer. Replaced earlier O.E. heah biscop (see BISHOP (Cf. bishop)). The spelling conformed to Latin from 12c …   Etymology dictionary

  • archbishop — ► NOUN ▪ the chief bishop responsible for a large district …   English terms dictionary

  • archbishop — [ärch′bish′əp] n. [ME archebishop < OE arcebisceop < LL(Ec) archiepiscopus < LGr(Ec) archiepiskopos < Gr archos (see ARCH ) + episkopos, overseer: see BISHOP] a bishop of the highest rank, who presides over an archbishopric or… …   English World dictionary

  • Archbishop — In Christianity, an archbishop is an elevated bishop. In the Roman Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion and others, this means that they lead a diocese of particular importance called an archdiocese, or in the Anglican Communion an… …   Wikipedia

  • archbishop — /ahrch bish euhp/, n. a bishop of the highest rank who presides over an archbishopric or archdiocese. [bef. 900; ME; OE arcebisceop (arce ARCH 1 + bisceop BISHOP), modeled on LL archiepiscopus < Gk archiepískopos; r. OE heahbisceop (see HIGH)] *… …   Universalium

  • archbishop — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ Anglican, Roman Catholic ▪ cardinal (AmE) VERB + ARCHBISHOP ▪ be appointed (as), be consecrated, become, be ent …   Collocations dictionary

  • archbishop — [[t]ɑ͟ː(r)tʃbɪ̱ʃəp[/t]] archbishops N COUNT; N TITLE In the Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and Anglican Churches, an archbishop is a bishop of the highest rank, who is in charge of all the bishops and priests in a particular country or region. ...the… …   English dictionary

  • archbishop — UK [ɑː(r)tʃˈbɪʃəp] / US [ɑrtʃˈbɪʃəp] noun [countable] Word forms archbishop : singular archbishop plural archbishops a priest of the highest rank in some Christian churches who is responsible for all the churches in a particular area …   English dictionary

  • archbishop —    An Anglican archbishop is normally addressed in this way: a Roman Catholic archbishop is addressed formally as ‘your Grace’ …   A dictionary of epithets and terms of address

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