arch·​bish·​op | \ (ˌ)ärch-ˈbi-shəp How to pronounce archbishop (audio) \

Definition of archbishop

: a bishop at the head of an ecclesiastical province or one of equivalent honorary rank

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Recent Examples on the Web He was ordained an Opus Dei priest in 1978 and worked in the Galveston-Houston area and in Denver before being named archbishop of San Antonio in 2004. David Crary And Regina Garcia Cano, USA TODAY, "Immigrant José Gómez elected as the 1st Hispanic to lead US Catholic bishops," 12 Nov. 2019 Mr Moore has secured his position in perpetuity as the archbishop of Thatcherism. The Economist, "The sad decline of Thatcherism," 12 Oct. 2019 Shehan served as archbishop of Baltimore from 1961 to 1974, becoming a cardinal in 1965. Alison Knezevich,, "Former Baltimore archbishop Cardinal Shehan transferred abusive priests in Connecticut, new report says," 2 Oct. 2019 The Duke and Duchess of Sussex excitedly brought a giggly five-month-old Archie to the city’s Old Granary building, where they were greeted by the archbishop and his daughter Thandeka with open arms. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry Bring Archie to Meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Cape Town," 25 Sep. 2019 We are being abused in the Catholic church by this priest and by this archbishop., "Reverence and resistance in one of Portland’s oldest Catholic churches," 11 Aug. 2019 In addition, a group of concerned American Catholics reportedly traveled to the Vatican in 2000 to warn of McCarrick’s misconduct, but he was still appointed Washington archbishop and made a cardinal in 2001. Nicole Winfield, The Seattle Times, "US Vatican cardinal: “Not once did I even suspect” McCarrick," 31 July 2018 The pope, the former archbishop of Buenos Aires, did not refer to any specific incident. Jta Staff,, "Pope Francis in unscripted remarks denounces rise of anti-Semitism," 13 Nov. 2019 The three-day meeting will mark the end of the three-year presidential term of Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, the archbishop of Galveston-Houston. David Crary,, "U.S. bishops expected to elect Latino immigrant leader," 11 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of archbishop

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for archbishop

Middle English, from Old English arcebiscop, from Late Latin archiepiscopus, from Late Greek archiepiskopos, from archi- + episkopos bishop — more at bishop

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“Archbishop.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of archbishop

: the bishop of highest rank in a particular area


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Kids Definition of archbishop

: the bishop of highest rank in a group of dioceses

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