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

Examples of archbishop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kurtz had served as archbishop of Louisville since 2007 and submitted his resignation following his 75th birthday, as is required by the Catholic church. Ana Alvarez Brinez, The Courier-Journal, 30 Mar. 2022 Both were at odds with the archbishop over the issue. New York Times, 15 Mar. 2022 While the truss was still flat on the ground, Cardinal Wilton Gregory, the archbishop of Washington, D.C., walked onto the work site, donned a hard hat and said a Hail Mary, invoking the saint for whom the French cathedral had been named. Douglas Starr, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Mar. 2022 Fabre, a 58-year-old Louisiana native, is the fifth Louisville archbishop, the first African American to hold that title, and the archdiocese's 10th bishop. Ana Alvarez Brinez, The Courier-Journal, 30 Mar. 2022 The probe faulted the then-archbishop in several cases for failing to investigate, discipline or remove abusive priests. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, 8 Feb. 2022 By contrast, the previous constitution, promulgated by St. John Paul II in 1988, stated that offices of the Curia were normally to be headed by a cardinal or an archbishop. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, 19 Mar. 2022 Fabre, who was the bishop of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux in Louisiana, is the 10th bishop and fifth archbishop in Louisville history. Nick Hollkamp, The Courier-Journal, 9 Feb. 2022 The Anglican archbishop and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who died Dec. 26 at age 90, had requested that his funeral not be ostentatious and that his body not be cremated by flame. Washington Post, 2 Jan. 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of archbishop

: the bishop of highest rank in a group of dioceses


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