Definition of archdeacon noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌɑːtʃˈdiːkən//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɑːrtʃˈdiːkən//
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a priest just below the rank of bishop, especially in the Anglican Church Word OriginOld English arce-, ercediacon, from ecclesiastical Latin archidiaconus, from ecclesiastical Greek arkhidiakonos, from arkhi- ‘chief’ + diakonos ‘servant’ (in ecclesiastical Greek ‘Christian minister’).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: archdeacon