noun bish·op \ˈbi-shəp\

: an official in some Christian religions who is ranked higher than a priest and who is usually in charge of church matters in a specific geographical area

: a piece in the game of chess that moves across the board at an angle

Full Definition of BISHOP

:  one having spiritual or ecclesiastical supervision: as
a :  an Anglican, Eastern Orthodox, or Roman Catholic clergyman ranking above a priest, having authority to ordain and confirm, and typically governing a diocese
b :  any of various Protestant clerical officials who superintend other clergy
c :  a Mormon high priest presiding over a ward or over all other bishops and over the Aaronic priesthood
:  either of two pieces of each color in a set of chessmen having the power to move diagonally across any number of adjoining unoccupied squares
:  mulled port wine flavored with oranges and cloves

Examples of BISHOP

  1. the Bishop of New York

Origin of BISHOP

Middle English bisshop, from Old English bisceop, from Late Latin episcopus, from Greek episkopos, literally, overseer, from epi- + skeptesthai to look — more at spy
First Known Use: before 12th century


biographical name Bish·op \ˈbi-shəp\

Definition of BISHOP

Elizabeth 1911–1979 Am. poet


biographical name

Definition of BISHOP

John Michael 1936– Am. microbiologist


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