archdeacon

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noun arch·dea·con \(ˌ)ärch-ˈdē-kən\

Definition of archdeacon

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

Origin and Etymology of archdeacon

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


First Known Use: before 12th century


ARCHDEACON Defined for English Language Learners

archdeacon

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noun arch·dea·con \(ˌ)ärch-ˈdē-kən\

Definition of archdeacon for English Language Learners

  • : a church official who assists a bishop


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