autocephalous

adjective
au·to·ceph·a·lous | \ˌȯ-tō-ˈse-f(ə-)ləs \

Definition of autocephalous 

: independent of external and especially patriarchal authority used especially of Eastern national churches

Other Words from autocephalous

autocephaly \-fə-lē \ noun

First Known Use of autocephalous

circa 1754, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for autocephalous

Late Greek autokephalos, from Greek aut- + kephalē head — more at cephalic

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