autocephalous


au·to·ceph·a·lous

adjective \ˌ-tō-ˈse-f(ə-)ləs\

Definition of AUTOCEPHALOUS

:  independent of external and especially patriarchal authority —used especially of Eastern national churches
au·to·ceph·a·ly \-fə-lē\ noun

Origin of AUTOCEPHALOUS

Late Greek autokephalos, from Greek aut- + kephalē head — more at cephalic
First Known Use: 1845

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