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archpriest

[ahrch-preest] /ˈɑrtʃˈprist/
noun
1.
a priest holding first rank, as among the members of a cathedral chapter or among the clergy of a district outside the episcopal city.
2.
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 a priest acting as superior of the Roman Catholic secular clergy in England, first appointed in 1598 and superseded by a vicar apostolic in 1623.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
1350-1400; Middle English archeprest (modeled on Late Latin archipresbyter < Greek archipresbýteros). See arch-1, priest
Related forms
archpriesthood, noun
archpriestship, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for arch priesthood

archpriest

/ˈɑːtʃˈpriːst/
noun (Christianity)
1.
(formerly) a chief assistant to a bishop, performing many of his sacerdotal functions during his absence
2.
a senior priest
Derived Forms
archpriesthood, archpriestship, noun
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