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archbishop

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noun arch·bish·op \(ˌ)ärch-ˈbi-shəp\

Simple Definition of archbishop

  • : the bishop of highest rank in a particular area

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of archbishop

  1. :  a bishop at the head of an ecclesiastical province or one of equivalent honorary rank

Origin and Etymology of archbishop

Middle English, from Old English arcebiscop, from Late Latin archiepiscopus, from Late Greek archiepiskopos, from archi- + episkopos bishop — more at bishop


First Known Use: before 12th century


ARCHBISHOP Defined for Kids

archbishop

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noun arch·bish·op \ˈärch-ˈbi-shəp\

Definition of archbishop for Students

  1. :  the bishop of highest rank in a group of dioceses





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