archdeacon
noun Etymology: Middle English archedeken, from Old English arcediacon, from Late Latin archidiaconus, from Late Greek archidiakonos, from Greek archi- + diakonos deacon Date: before 12th century a clergyman having the duty of assisting a diocesan bishop in ceremonial functions or administrative work

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  • Archdeacon — • The incumbent of an ecclesiastical office dating back to antiquity and up to the fifteenth century of great importance in diocesan administration, particularly in the West Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Archdeacon     Archd …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Archdeacon — ist eine Verwaltungsperson in der anglikanischen Kirche. Siehe: Archidikonat der Nachname des Flugpioniers Ernest Archdeacon Diese Seite ist eine Begriffsklärung zur Unterscheidung mehrerer mit demselben Wort …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • archdeacon — [ärch′dē΄kən] n. [ME archedeken < OE arcediacon < LL(Ec) archidiaconus < LGr(Ec) archidiakonos < Gr archos (see ARCH ) + diakonos, servant: see DEACON] a church official ranking just below a bishop or an archpriest: in the Anglican… …   English World dictionary

  • Archdeacon — Arch dea con, n. [AS. arcediacon, archidiacon, L. archidiaconus, fr. Gr. ?. See {Arch }, pref., and {Deacon}.] In England, an ecclesiastical dignitary, next in rank below a bishop, whom he assists, and by whom he is appointed, though with… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • archdeacon — (n.) O.E. arcediacon, from Church L. archidiaconus, from Ecclesiastical Gk. arkhidiakonon chief deacon; see ARCH (Cf. arch ) + DEACON (Cf. deacon) …   Etymology dictionary

  • archdeacon — ► NOUN ▪ a senior Christian cleric to whom a bishop delegates certain responsibilities …   English terms dictionary

  • Archdeacon — A position of archdeacon is a senior position in Anglicanism, Syrian Malabar Nasrani, and in some other Christian denominations, above that of most clergy and below a bishop. An archdeacon is responsible for administration of an archdeaconry,… …   Wikipedia

  • archdeacon — archdeaconate, archdeaconship, n. /ahrch dee keuhn/, n. 1. an ecclesiastic, ranking next below a bishop and having charge of the temporal and external administration of a diocese, with jurisdiction delegated from the bishop. 2. Rom. Cath. Ch. a… …   Universalium

  • archdeacon — UK [ɑː(r)tʃˈdiːkən] / US [ɑrtʃˈdɪkən] noun [countable] Word forms archdeacon : singular archdeacon plural archdeacons a priest of a high rank in the Anglican Church whose job is to help a bishop …   English dictionary

  • archdeacon —    The title in the Anglican Church of the chief deacon, who serves as an assistant to the bishop. An amusing instance of its use occurs in The Warden, by Anthony Trollope. ‘“As to his vulgarity, archdeacon” (Mrs Grantly had never assumed a more… …   A dictionary of epithets and terms of address

  • archdeacon — [[t]ɑ͟ː(r)tʃdi͟ːkən[/t]] archdeacons N COUNT; N TITLE An archdeacon is a high ranking clergyman who works as an assistant to a bishop, especially in the Anglican church …   English dictionary

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