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archbishop

noun arch·bish·op \(ˌ)ärch-ˈbi-shəp\

: the bishop of highest rank in a particular area

Full Definition of ARCHBISHOP

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

Origin 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

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