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)

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To archbishop
Collins
World English Dictionary
archbishop (ˈɑːtʃˈbɪʃəp)
 
n
abp, Abp, Arch, Abbreviation: Archbp a bishop of the highest rank

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

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).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
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.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature