bishop

[bish-uhp]
noun
1.
a person who supervises a number of local churches or a diocese, being in the Greek, Roman Catholic, Anglican, and other churches a member of the highest order of the ministry.
2.
a spiritual supervisor, overseer, or the like.
3.
Chess. one of two pieces of the same color that may be moved any unobstructed distance diagonally, one on white squares and the other on black.
4.
a hot drink made of port wine, oranges, cloves, etc.
5.
Also called bishop bird. any of several colorful African weaverbirds of the genus Euplectes, often kept as pets.
verb (used with object), bishoped, bishoping.
6.
to appoint to the office of bishop.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English; Old English bisc(e)op < Vulgar Latin *ebiscopus, for Late Latin episcopus < Greek epískopos overseer, equivalent to epi- epi- + skopós watcher; see scope

bishopless, adjective
bishoplike, adjective
underbishop, noun
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Bishop

[bish-uhp]
noun
1.
Elizabeth, 1911–79, U.S. poet.
2.
Hazel (Gladys) 1906–1998, U.S. chemist and businesswoman.
3.
John Peale, 1892–1944, U.S. poet and essayist.
4.
Morris (Gilbert) 1893–1973, U.S. humorist, poet, and biographer.
5.
William Avery ("Billy") 1894–1956, Canadian aviator: helped to establish Canadian air force.
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bishop (ˈbɪʃəp)
 
n
1.  See also suffragan (in the Roman Catholic, Anglican, and Greek Orthodox Churches) a clergyman having spiritual and administrative powers over a diocese or province of the ChurchRelated: episcopal
2.  (in some Protestant Churches) a spiritual overseer of a local church or a number of churches
3.  a chesspiece, capable of moving diagonally over any number of unoccupied squares of the same colour
4.  mulled wine, usually port, spiced with oranges, cloves, etc
 
Related: episcopal
 
[Old English biscop, from Late Latin epīscopus, from Greek episkopos, from epi- + skopos watcher]

Bishop (ˈbɪʃəp)
 
n
Elizabeth. 1911--79, US poet, who lived in Brazil. Her poetry reflects her travelling experience, esp in the tropics

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bishop
O.E. bisceop, from L.L. episcopus, from Gk. episkopos "watcher, overseer," a title for various government officials, later taken over in a Church sense, from epi- "over" + skopos "watcher," from skeptesthai "look at" (see scope (1)). Given a specific sense in the Church, but
the word also was used in the N.T. as a descriptive title for elders, and continues as such in some non-hierarchical Christian sects. The chess piece (formerly archer, before that alfin) was so called from 1560s.
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Bishop Bish·op (bĭsh'əp), J. Michael. Born 1936.

American microbiologist. He shared a 1989 Nobel Prize for discovering a sequence of genes that can cause cancer when mutated.

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Bishop   (bĭsh'əp)  Pronunciation Key 
American molecular biologist who, working with Harold Varmus, discovered oncogenes. For this work, Bishop and Varmus shared the 1989 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine.
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bishop definition


In some Christian churches, a person appointed to oversee a group of priests or ministers and their congregations. In the Anglican Communion, the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Roman Catholic Church, bishops are considered the successors of the Twelve Apostles.

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Bishop definition


an overseer. In apostolic times, it is quite manifest that there was no difference as to order between bishops and elders or presbyters (Acts 20:17-28; 1 Pet. 5:1, 2; Phil. 1:1; 1 Tim. 3). The term bishop is never once used to denote a different office from that of elder or presbyter. These different names are simply titles of the same office, "bishop" designating the function, namely, that of oversight, and "presbyter" the dignity appertaining to the office. Christ is figuratively called "the bishop [episcopos] of souls" (1 Pet. 2:25).

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Example sentences for bishop
Jewel lists three church offices deacon, presbyter, and bishop.
The sequence in which holy orders are received are minor orders, deacon, priest, bishop.
The postbaptismal chrismation in particular was reserved to the bishop.
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