Definitions for Bishopˈbɪʃ əp

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Princeton's WordNetRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. bishop(noun)

    a senior member of the Christian clergy having spiritual and administrative authority; appointed in Christian churches to oversee priests or ministers; considered in some churches to be successors of the twelve Apostles of Christ

  2. bishop(noun)

    port wine mulled with oranges and cloves

  3. bishop(noun)

    (chess) a piece that can be moved diagonally over unoccupied squares of the same color

WiktionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. bishop(Noun)

    A high ranking official in the Catholic church who governs a diocese, or a similar official in other denominations and religions. (Occasionally abbreviated as Bp. when used as a title.)

  2. bishop(Noun)

    A piece that may be moved only diagonally.

    The bishop is confined to squares of a single color.

  3. bishop(Noun)

    penis (see bash the bishop).

  4. bishop(Noun)

    sex toy.

  5. Origin: From bishop, from biscop, from *, from episcopus, from ἐπίσκοπος, from ἐπί + σκοπέω. Cognate with biskop, bisschop, Bischof, biskop, biskop, biskup, .

Webster DictionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. Bishop(noun)

    a spiritual overseer, superintendent, or director

  2. Bishop(noun)

    in the Roman Catholic, Greek, and Anglican or Protestant Episcopal churches, one ordained to the highest order of the ministry, superior to the priesthood, and generally claiming to be a successor of the Apostles. The bishop is usually the spiritual head or ruler of a diocese, bishopric, or see

  3. Bishop(noun)

    in the Methodist Episcopal and some other churches, one of the highest church officers or superintendents

  4. Bishop(noun)

    a piece used in the game of chess, bearing a representation of a bishop's miter; -- formerly called archer

  5. Bishop(noun)

    a beverage, being a mixture of wine, oranges or lemons, and sugar

  6. Bishop(noun)

    an old name for a woman's bustle

  7. Bishop(verb)

    to admit into the church by confirmation; to confirm; hence, to receive formally to favor

  8. Bishop(verb)

    to make seem younger, by operating on the teeth; as, to bishop an old horse or his teeth

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  1. Bishop

    A bishop is an ordained or consecrated member of the Christian clergy who is generally entrusted with a position of authority and oversight. Within the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, Anglican, Old Catholic and Independent Catholic churches and in the Assyrian Church of the East, bishops claim apostolic succession, a direct historical lineage dating back to the original Twelve Apostles. Within these churches, bishops are seen as those who possess the full priesthood and can ordain clergy – including other bishops. Some Protestant churches including the Lutheran and Methodist churches have bishops serving similar functions as well, though not always understood to be within apostolic succession in the same way. One who has been ordained deacon, priest, and then bishop is understood to hold the fullness of the priesthood, given responsibility by Christ to govern, teach and sanctify the Body of Christ, members of the Faithful. Priests, deacons and lay ministers cooperate and assist their bishop in shepherding a flock. The term epískopos was not from the earliest times clearly distinguished from the term presbýteros, but the term was already clearly used in the sense of the order or office of bishop, distinct from that of priest in the writings of Ignatius of Antioch, and sources from the middle of the 2nd century undoubtedly set forth that all the chief centres of Christianity recognized and had the office of bishop, using a form of organization that remained universal until the Protestant Reformation.

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  1. Bishop

    originally an overseer of souls, eventually an overseer of churches, especially of a district, and conceived of by High-Churchmen as representing the apostles and deriving his powers by transmission from them.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Bishop' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3414

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Bishop' in Nouns Frequency: #1108


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