: a clergyman having the duty of assisting a diocesan bishop in ceremonial functions or administrative work
Examples of archdeacon in a Sentence
Recent Examples on the WebKeith Cartwright, archdeacon of the Diocese of the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands, officiated.
New York Times, 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