arch·bish·op | \ (ˌ)ärch-ˈbi-shəp \

Definition of archbishop 

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

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In the spirit of compromise, the College of Cardinals elected a Neapolitan archbishop, who took the name Urban VI. Anne Thériault, Longreads, "Queens of Infamy: Joanna of Naples," 3 July 2018 Cardinal McCarrick, a former archbishop of Washington, was ordered to cease public ministry after a church investigation deemed credible an accusation that he had abused a then-minor nearly half a century ago. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Vatican Ex-Diplomat Convicted of Child Pornography Charges," 23 June 2018 Since his 2006 retirement as archbishop, McCarrick, now 87, has nevertheless maintained an active profile as a Catholic voice in global policy debate. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "America’s highest-ranking Catholic official suspended for alleged child sex abuse," 20 June 2018 Certainly, they would not have been married by an archbishop. Katie Nicholl, Vanities, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Had Exactly the Thoroughly Modern Wedding They Wanted," 19 May 2018 Munoz was vice chancellor for Bishop Emeritus Francisco Javier Errazuriz, and then in 2011 he was promoted to be chancellor Ricardo Ezzati, the current archbishop of Santiago. Fox News, "Chilean priest accused of sexually abusing minors arrested," 12 July 2018 In footage showing the young royals arriving at the chapel, the archbishop greeted Catherine, who carried the sleepy 11-week-old prince, while William held hands with their other two children, Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 3. Nardine Saad,, "Britain's Prince Louis is christened in London," 9 July 2018 The archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, will be performing the ceremony. Hilary Weaver, Vanities, "When to Expect Prince Louis’s Next Public Appearance," 20 June 2018 Faith in Indiana joined with clergy from Fierro’s home church, St. Patrick Catholic Church, as well as the Catholic archbishop to attend Fierro’s immigration meetings with her, Horan said. Faith E. Pinho, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis woman worries about her American children's fate after she is deported," 14 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of archbishop

: the bishop of highest rank in a particular area


arch·bish·op | \ ˈärch-ˈbi-shəp \

Kids Definition of archbishop

: the bishop of highest rank in a group of dioceses

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