Simple Definition of archdeacon
: a church official who assists a bishop
Full Definition of archdeacon
: 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
Rhymes with archdeacon
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