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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Also honored for their service is retired Kaunas, Lithuania, archbishop, Monsignor Sigitas Tamkevicius, a Jesuit who suffered for his faith when his Baltic nation was part of the Soviet Union. Washington Post, "Pope names 13 new cardinals, including 2 who help migrants," 1 Sep. 2019 Under that model, when an accusation arises against a bishop the complaint is handled by the local archbishop, or metropolitan. Daniel Burke, CNN, "West Virginia bishop spent church money on liquor, 'luxury items' and home renovations, church report says," 5 June 2019 Madrid’s archbishop, Cardinal Carlos Osoro, said earlier this month. Aritz Parra, The Seattle Times, "Franco heirs take upper hand in fight over dictator’s body," 26 Oct. 2018 By early Saturday, families of 18 victims had confirmed their participation in the funeral and Mass celebrated by Genoa's archbishop, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco. Fox News, "Toll rises to 42 in Italy bridge collapse ahead of funerals," 18 Aug. 2018 Those regions are broken up further into subsections that also have their own archbishops. Brieanna J. Frank, azcentral, "In rare move, leader of Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America to hold service in Phoenix," 1 Aug. 2019 He was named bishop for the western province of Pinar del Rio in 1978, and in 1981 Pope John Paul II named him archbishop of Havana. New York Times, "Cardinal Jaime Ortega, a Cuban Bridge to the U.S., Dies at 82," 26 July 2019 He was appointed the fourth archbishop and ninth bishop of the Archdiocese of Louisville in June 2007 by Pope Benedict XVI. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville Archbishop Joseph Kurtz says he has cancer," 10 July 2019 Another Catholic school in Indianapolis was issued the same ultimatum by the archbishop and chose to keep their teacher. Hollie Silverman And Carma Hassan, CNN, "A teacher fired from a Catholic school for being gay has reached a settlement," 9 July 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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English Language Learners Definition of archbishop

: the bishop of highest rank in a particular area


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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