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[ahrch-preest] /ˈɑrtʃˈprist/
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 a priest acting as superior of the Roman Catholic secular clergy in England, first appointed in 1598 and superseded by a vicar apostolic in 1623.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 of archpriest
1350-1400; Middle English archeprest (modeled on Late Latin archipresbyter < Greek archipresbýteros). See arch-1, priest
Related forms
archpriesthood, noun
archpriestship, noun Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • The face of the archpriest was stern and set, as though chiseled out of alabaster.

    Pabo, The Priest Sabine Baring-Gould
  • To their summons, the archpriest made answer like a stout old persecutor, and bade his garrison fire upon the mob.

  • Here the archpriest halted, and with the staff stirred the water.

    Pabo, The Priest Sabine Baring-Gould
  • On the surest testimony I know that the archpriest Pabo was consumed by fire from heaven.

    Pabo, The Priest Sabine Baring-Gould
  • The poem of the archpriest of Hita mentions two articles of jewellery for female wear called the broncha and the pancha.

  • The archpriest, on reaching the church, mounted a block of stone, and dismissed the women.

    Pabo, The Priest Sabine Baring-Gould
  • The archpriest Bajanof soon entered, and commenced the prayers which precede confession.

    The Empire of Russia John S. C. Abbott
  • The archpriest of the cathedral, Canon Landrieux (to-day a bishop), called for aid from the onlookers.

    How France Built Her Cathedrals Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly
  • And that spark was shortly afterwards supplied by the archpriest Chayla, director of missions at Pont-de-Montvert.

    The Huguenots in France Samuel Smiles.
  • Then the archpriest stepped forward, went to the belfry, and disengaged the rope from the hand of him who was jangling the bell.

    Pabo, The Priest Sabine Baring-Gould
British Dictionary definitions for archpriest


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