noun Etymology: Middle English bisshop, from Old English bisceop, from Late Latin episcopus, from Greek episkopos, literally, overseer, from epi- + skeptesthai to look — more at spy Date: before 12th century 1. one having spiritual or ecclesiastical supervision: as a. an Anglican, Eastern Orthodox, or Roman Catholic clergyman ranking above a priest, having authority to ordain and confirm, and typically governing a diocese b. any of various Protestant clerical officials who superintend other clergy c. a Mormon high priest presiding over a ward or over all other bishops and over the Aaronic priesthood 2. either of two pieces of each color in a set of chessmen having the power to move diagonally across any number of adjoining unoccupied squares 3. mulled port wine flavored with roasted oranges and cloves

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