a priest holding first rank, as among the members of a cathedral chapter or among the clergy of a district outside the episcopal city.
Roman Catholic Church. a priest acting as superior of the Roman Catholic secular clergy in England, first appointed in 1598 and superseded by a vicar apostolic in 1623.
Origin: 1350–1400; Middle English archeprest Related forms
(modeled on Late Latin archipresbyter
< Greek archipresbýteros
). See arch-1