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[ahrch-dee-kuh n] /ˈɑrtʃˈdi kən/
an ecclesiastic, ranking next below a bishop and having charge of the temporal and external administration of a diocese, with jurisdiction delegated from the bishop.
Roman Catholic Church. a title of honor conferred only on a member of a cathedral chapter.
Origin of archdeacon
before 1000; Middle English archideken, Old English arcediacon < Late Latin archidiāconus < Greek archidiā́konos. See arch-1, deacon
Related forms
archdeaconate, archdeaconship, noun Unabridged
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  • Indeed, the archdeacon cared to be in no house in which those around him were supposed to be bigger than himself.

    The Last Chronicle of Barset Anthony Trollope
  • Do you know that he is neither deacon, archdeacon, nor priest?

    The Conspirators Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
  • The scene in the house of the archdeacon of Bangor is too exquisite for any one to desire it to be proved a fable.

    Henry of Monmouth, Volume 2 J. Endell Tyler
  • The Bishop and archdeacon Pratt preached morning and afternoon.

    Sketches of Our Life at Sarawak Harriette McDougall
  • As for the archdeacon, when the other was gone, he sat down silently on his abandoned chair.

    Miss Marjoribanks Mrs (Margaret) Oliphant
  • archdeacon upon his eloquence, began to smile and nudged each other.

  • There was an aged negro man present, who was noticed with marked attention by the archdeacon, the Rector and other clergymen.

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus American Anti-Slavery Society
  • But the archdeacon's a just man and he would not have made a remark of that kind.

    Lalage's Lovers George A. Birmingham
  • Lady Lufton, when the apparent impropriety was pointed out to her by no less a person than archdeacon Grantly, ridiculed the idea.

    The Last Chronicle of Barset Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for archdeacon


an Anglican clergyman ranking just below a bishop and having supervisory duties under the bishop
a clergyman of similar rank in other Churches
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Word Origin and History for archdeacon

Old English arcediacon, from Church Latin archidiaconus, from Ecclesiastical Greek arkhidiakonon "chief deacon;" see arch- + deacon.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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