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archdeacon Syllabification: arch·dea·con
Pronunciation: /ˌärCHˈdēkən/

Definition of archdeacon in English:


A senior Christian cleric (in the early Church a deacon, in the modern Anglican church a priest) to whom a bishop delegates certain responsibilities.
Example sentences
  • There are at present also five women archdeacons who carry delegated responsibility from bishops.
  • In 1072, with the aim of promoting ecclesiastical discipline, he ordered bishops to appoint first archdeacons - again following Norman practice - and then rural deans.
  • In 418, competing camps elected their own popes, Eulalius, an archdeacon, and Boniface I, a priest.


Old English arce-, ercediacon, from ecclesiastical Latin archidiaconus, from ecclesiastical Greek arkhidiakonos, from arkhi- 'chief' + diakonos (see deacon).

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