arch·​dea·​con | \ (ˌ)ärch-ˈdē-kən How to pronounce archdeacon (audio) \

Definition of archdeacon

: a clergyman having the duty of assisting a diocesan bishop in ceremonial functions or administrative work

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Recent Examples on the Web Keith Cartwright, archdeacon of the Diocese of the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands, officiated. New York Times, "Gabriella Gentil, Kyle Hickson," 6 May 2018

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First Known Use of archdeacon

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for archdeacon

Middle English archedeken, from Old English arcediacon, from Late Latin archidiaconus, from Late Greek archidiakonos, from Greek archi- + diakonos deacon

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“Archdeacon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of archdeacon

: a church official who assists a bishop

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