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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 and Etymology 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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