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archdeacon

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noun arch·dea·con \(ˌ)ärch-ˈdē-kən\

Simple Definition of archdeacon

  • : a church official who assists a bishop

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of archdeacon

  1. :  a clergyman having the duty of assisting a diocesan bishop in ceremonial functions or administrative work

Origin of archdeacon

Middle English archedeken, from Old English arcediacon, from Late Latin archidiaconus, from Late Greek archidiakonos, from Greek archi- + diakonos deacon


First Known Use: before 12th century

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