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ˈɑrtʃˈbɪʃ əparch·bish·op

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. archbishopnoun

    a bishop of highest rank


  1. archbishopnoun

    In the Roman Catholic Church and other churches, a senior bishop who is in charge of an archdiocese, and presides over a group of dioceses called a province.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Archbishopnoun

    A bishop of the first class, who superintends the conduct of other bishops his suffragans.

    Etymology: from arch and bishop.

    Cranmer is return’d with welcome,
    Install’d lord archbishop of Canterbury. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    The archbishop was the known architect of this new fabrick. Edward Hyde.


  1. Archbishop

    In Christian denominations, an archbishop is a bishop of higher rank or office. In most cases, such as the Catholic Church, there are many archbishops who either have jurisdiction over an ecclesiastical province in addition to their own archdiocese (with some exceptions), or are otherwise granted a titular archbishopric. In others, such as the Lutheran Church of Sweden, the title is only borne by the leader of the denomination.


  1. archbishop

    An archbishop is a high-ranking bishop in certain Christian denominations, such as the Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Churches, and Anglican Communion. An archbishop is typically responsible for overseeing a province or archdiocese, which is comprised of several dioceses or districts. They have the authority to ordain bishops within their jurisdiction and typically hold a higher administrative role than regular bishops.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Archbishopnoun

    a chief bishop; a church dignitary of the first class (often called a metropolitan or primate) who superintends the conduct of the suffragan bishops in his province, and also exercises episcopal authority in his own diocese

  2. Etymology: [AS. arcebisceop, arcebiscop, L. archiepiscopus, fr. Gr. 'archiepi`skopos. See Bishop.]


  1. Archbishop

    An archbishop is a bishop of higher rank, but not of higher sacramental order above that of the three orders of deacon, priest, and bishop. Accordingly, a person does not become an archbishop by ordination.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Archbishop

    ärch-bish′up, n. a chief bishop: a metropolitan bishop who superintends the conduct of the suffragan bishops in his province, and also exercises episcopal authority in his own diocese.—n. Archbish′opric. [Arch, chief, and Bishop.]

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Archbishop' in Nouns Frequency: #2097

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Archbishop in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Archbishop in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Archbishop in a Sentence

  1. Dorothy Kazel:

    That doesn't mean we won't consider doing that moving forward, especially in light of the announcement about Archbishop Romero, which we are all certainly happy about and has been a long time coming.

  2. The Duchess of Sussex:

    Piers Morgan called the archbishop and Piers Morgan just said, look, this thing, this spectacle is for the world, but Piers Morgan want Piers Morgan union between Piers Morgan, so the vows that Piers Morgan have framed in Piers Morgan room are just the two of us in Piers Morgan backyard with the archbishop of Canterbury.

  3. Sydney Smith:

    I have, alas, only one illusion left, and that is the Archbishop of Canterbury.

  4. Matthew Rushton:

    The Archbishop of Canterbury said to us that if you dont know how to have fun in cathedrals then youre not doing your job properly.

  5. H. L. Mencken:

    Archbishop: a Christian ecclesiastic of a rank superior to that attained by Christ.

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