A bishop appointed to assist a diocesan bishop, and often also designated as his successor.
More example sentences
- Before Ruiz retired in 2000, the Vatican placed a bishop coadjutor in his diocese.
- In a letter to the 200 priests of his diocese announcing his application to the Pope for a coadjutor, Bishop Konstant tells them: ‘I have been aware that while I am able to continue my work in the diocese I do need some help.’
- Her life was written by Thomas de Cantimpre, the coadjutor of the Bishop of Cambrai.
late Middle English: via Old French from late Latin coadjutor, from co- (from Latin cum 'together with') + adjutor 'assistant' (from adjuvare 'to help').