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[ahrch-bish-uh p] /ˈɑrtʃˈbɪʃ əp/
a bishop of the highest rank who presides over an archbishopric or archdiocese.
Origin of archbishop
before 900; Middle English; Old English arcebisceop (arce- arch-1 + bisceop bishop), modeled on Late Latin archiepiscopus < Greek archiepískopos; replacing Old English hēahbisceop (see high) Unabridged
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  • The archbishop has all but excommunicated the church board for its refusal to turn over church property to his control.
  • Negotiated with bandits, lanced a soldier, got punched by an archbishop.
  • Even the archbishop narrowly escaped from the effects of this popular anger.
  • Interestingly the archbishop nevertheless preserved the right of capital punishment.
British Dictionary definitions for archbishop


a bishop of the highest rank Abbreviation abp, Abp, Arch, Archbp
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Word Origin and History for archbishop

Old English ærcebiscop, from Late Latin archiepiscopus, from Greek arkhi- "chief" (see archon) + episkopos "bishop," literally "overseer." Replaced earlier Old English heah biscop (see bishop). The spelling conformed to Latin from 12c.

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