What does Bishop mean?

Definitions for Bishop
ˈbɪʃ əpBish·op

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bishopnoun

    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. bishopnoun

    port wine mulled with oranges and cloves

  3. bishopnoun

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

Wiktionary

  1. bishopnoun

    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. bishopnoun

    A piece that may be moved only diagonally.

    The bishop is confined to squares of a single color.

  3. bishopnoun

    penis (see bash the bishop).

  4. bishopnoun

    sex toy.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BISHOPnoun

    One of the head order of the clergy.

    Etymology: from episcopus, Lat. the Saxons formed biscop, which was afterwards softened into bishop.

    A bishop is an overseer, or superintendant, of religious matters in the christian church. John Ayliffe, Parergon.

    You shall find him well accompany’d
    With reverend fathers, and well learned bishops. William Shakespeare, Richard III.

    Their zealous superstition thinks, or pretends, they cannot do God a greater service, than to destroy the primitive, apostolical, and anciently universal government of the church by bishops. Charles I .

    In case a bishop should commit treason and felony, and forfeit his estate, with his life, the lands of his bishoprick remain still in the church. South.

    On the word bishop, in French evêque, I would observe, that there is no natural connexion between the sacred office and the letters or sound; for evêque, and bishop, signify the same office, though there is not one letter alike in them. Isaac Watts, Logick.

  2. Bishopnoun

    A cant word for a mixture of wine, oranges, and sugar.

    Fine oranges,
    Well roasted, with sugar and wine in a cup,
    They’ll make a sweet bishop, when gentle folks sup. Jonathan Swift.

  3. To Bishopverb

    To confirm; to admit solemnly into the church.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    They are prophane, imperfect, oh! too bad,
    Except confirm’d and bishoped by thee. John Donne.

Wikipedia

  1. Bishop

    A bishop is an ordained, consecrated, or appointed member of the Christian clergy who is generally entrusted with a position of authority and oversight. Within the Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, Moravian, Anglican, Old Catholic and Independent Catholic churches, as well as 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. A person ordained as a deacon, priest, and then bishop is understood to hold the fullness of the (ministerial) priesthood, given responsibility by Christ to govern, teach, and sanctify the Body of Christ. Priests, deacons and lay ministers co-operate and assist their bishops in pastoral ministry.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bishopnoun

    a spiritual overseer, superintendent, or director

  2. Bishopnoun

    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. Bishopnoun

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

  4. Bishopnoun

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

  5. Bishopnoun

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

  6. Bishopnoun

    an old name for a woman's bustle

  7. Bishopverb

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

  8. Bishopverb

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

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bishop

    bish′op, n. in the Western and Eastern Churches, and in the Anglican communion, a clergyman consecrated for the spiritual direction of a diocese, under an archbishop, and over the priests or presbyters and deacons: a spiritual overseer in the early Christian Church, whether of a local church or of a number of churches—the terms bishop [Gr. episcopos] and presbyter [Gr. presbyteros] are used interchangeably in the New Testament for the officers who direct the discipline and administer the affairs of a single congregation—the differentiation in function and dignity is, however, well marked by the end of the 2d century: one of the pieces or men in chess, from the upper part being carved into the shape of a bishop's mitre (formerly the archer): a wholesome hot drink compounded of red wine (claret, Burgundy, &c.) poured warm or cold upon ripe bitter oranges, sugared and spiced to taste.—v.t. (jocularly) to play the bishop, to confirm: to supply with bishops: to let milk or the like burn while cooking.—ns. Bish′opess, a she-bishop, a bishop's wife; Bish′opric, the office and jurisdiction of a bishop: a diocese—also Bish′opdom.—Bishop in partibus (see Partibus). [A.S. biscop—L. episcopus—Gr. episcopos, an overseer—epi, upon, skop-ein, to view.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. bishop

    A name of the great northern diver (Colymbus glacialis).

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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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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Bishop in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Bishop in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Bishop in a Sentence

  1. Henrik Lundqvist:

    Obviously, we all knew Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop record, you saw it all over the TV, and there wasn't many people picking us, so it's nice.

  2. Bob Deans:

    As the most populous country on Earth, China has much to do with the kind of world the next generation will inherit, in our country and around the world, we’re proud of our work, in China and elsewhere, helping to create a more sustainable future for everyone, and we look forward to discussing that work with Chairman Bishop and the committee.

  3. Rachel Bishop:

    The focusing muscle in your eye changes as you age. You can focus up close when you're 20 for hours at a time and have no problems. But that ability declines as you age, for people who aren't eager to have a medical appointment, the first thing is to try on some low-strength, over-the-counter reading glasses. Hold up something to read and pick the lowest number Rachel Bishop can comfortably read at the distance Rachel Bishop like to work.

  4. Pope Francis on Wednesday:

    Now you are facing this stream of Latin immigration which affects many of your dioceses, not only as the Bishop of Rome, but also as a pastor from the South, I feel the need to thank and encourage you.

  5. Peter Kleigel:

    We're convinced that this appointment is not correct because, following canon law, a bishop must be well-regarded, we need a bishop who's credible.

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