Definition of coadjutor in English:

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Pronunciation: /kōˈajo͞odər/ /kōˈajədər/


A bishop appointed to assist a diocesan bishop, and often also designated as his successor.
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').

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Syllabification: co·ad·ju·tor

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