a bishop of the highest rank who presides over an archbishopric or archdiocese.

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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archbishop (ˈɑːtʃˈbɪʃəp)
abp, Abp, Arch, Abbreviation: Archbp a bishop of the highest rank

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Word Origin & History

O.E. ærcebiscop, from L.L. archiepiscopus, from Gk. arkhi- "chief" (see archon) + episkopos "bishop," lit. "overseer." Replaced earlier O.E. heah biscop (see bishop).
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Example sentences
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.
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