Definition of archbishop
: a bishop at the head of an ecclesiastical province or one of equivalent honorary rank
Recent Examples of archbishop from the Web
The archbishop will also hold a Trisagion service at the cathedral the night before, at 7 p.m. Thursday.
A former Roman Catholic priest alleges that Mexico City’s archbishop violated the law by not informing authorities outside the church about at least 15 cases of abusive priests.
The 16th-century scholar and archbishop of the Swedish town Uppsala, Olaus Magnus was famous for his Carta Marina, a splendid map of northern Europe published in Venice, Italy, in 1539.
Several of New England’s Democratic leaders as well as Richard Cardinal Cushing, archbishop of Boston, attended the event.
Among his critics was the chancellor of the Archdiocese of Washington, one William E. Lori, now the archbishop of Baltimore.
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Origin and Etymology of archbishop
Middle English, from Old English arcebiscop, from Late Latin archiepiscopus, from Late Greek archiepiskopos, from archi- + episkopos bishop — more at bishop
First Known Use: before 12th century
ARCHBISHOP Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of archbishop for English Language Learners
: the bishop of highest rank in a particular area
ARCHBISHOP Defined for Kids
Definition of archbishop for Students
: the bishop of highest rank in a group of dioceses
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