What does Suffragan mean?

Definitions for Suffragan
ˈsʌf rə gənsuf·fra·gan

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. suffragan, suffragan bishopnoun

    an assistant or subordinate bishop of a diocese


  1. suffragannoun

    A bishop seen in relation to his archbishop or metropolitan province (which may summon him for support, to attend synods etc.).

  2. suffragannoun

    An auxiliary bishop.

  3. suffraganadjective

    Of or pertaining to a suffragan.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SUFFRAGANnoun

    A bishop considered as subject to his metropolitan.

    Etymology: suffragant, Fr. suffraganeus, Latin.

    Suffragan bishops shall have more than one riding apparitor. John Ayliffe, Parergon.

    Becket, archbishop of Canterbury, insolently took upon him to declare five articles void, in his epistle to his suffragans. Matthew Hale.


  1. suffragan

    A suffragan bishop is a type of bishop in some Christian denominations. In the Anglican Communion, a suffragan bishop is a bishop who is subordinate to a metropolitan bishop or diocesan bishop (bishop ordinary) and so is not normally jurisdictional in their role. Suffragan bishops may be charged by a metropolitan to oversee a suffragan diocese and may be assigned to areas which do not have a cathedral of their own. In the Catholic Church, a suffragan bishop instead leads a diocese within an ecclesiastical province other than the principal diocese, the metropolitan archdiocese; the diocese led by the suffragan is called a suffragan diocese.


  1. suffragan

    A suffragan is a bishop who is subordinate to a metropolitan bishop or diocesan bishop in the hierarchy of the Christian Church. They do not have jurisdiction over their own territory, rather they assist the metropolitan or diocesan bishop in their duties.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Suffraganadjective

    assisting; assistant; as, a suffragan bishop

  2. Suffraganadjective

    an assistant

  3. Suffraganadjective

    a bishop considered as an assistant, or as subject, to his metropolitan; an assistant bishop

  4. Etymology: [F. suffragant: cf. LL. suffraganeus. See Suffragan, a.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Suffragan

    suf′ra-gan, adj. assisting.—n. a coadjutor-bishop: any bishop in relation to his metropolitan.—n. Suff′raganship.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Suffragan in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Suffragan in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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