arch-bishop

archbishop

[ahrch-bish-uhp]
noun
a bishop of the highest rank who presides over an archbishopric or archdiocese.

Origin:
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)

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

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archbishop
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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