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



    BrE BrE//ˈbɪʃəp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɪʃəp//
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  1. 1 a senior priest in charge of the work of the Church in a city or district the Bishop of Oxford Bishop Pritchard He was appointed Bishop of Ely. He’s the diocesan bishop and he has three suffragan bishops to help him. see also archbishop Culture There are bishops in the Anglican, Roman Catholic, Episcopal and Eastern Orthodox churches. They are in charge of the work of other priests in a diocese (= a city or district). On ceremonial occasions a bishop wears a tall pointed hat, called a mitre, and carries a long decorated stick, or staff. When talked about, a bishop has the title 'the Right Reverend' or, in the Roman Catholic Church, 'the Most Reverend'. A bishop is usually addressed as 'Your Grace'. In Britain some senior bishops are members of the House of Lords. In 1989, the first female bishop was appointed, in the Episcopal Church of the United States. In 2014, the Anglican church voted to allow women to become bishops. See related entries: Religious people
  2. 2 a piece used in the game of chess that is shaped like a bishop’s hat and can move any number of squares in a diagonal line
  3. Word OriginOld English biscop, bisceop, based on Greek episkopos ‘overseer’, from epi ‘above’ + -skopos ‘-looking’.
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