archdeacon

noun arch·dea·con \ (ˌ)ärch-ˈdē-kən \
|Updated on: 18 Jun 2018

Definition of archdeacon

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

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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


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Definition of archdeacon for English Language Learners

  • : a church official who assists a bishop


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