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  1. an ecclesiastic, ranking next below a bishop and having charge of the temporal and external administration of a diocese, with jurisdiction delegated from the bishop.
  2. Roman Catholic Church. a title of honor conferred only on a member of a cathedral chapter.


  1. an Anglican clergyman ranking just below a bishop and having supervisory duties under the bishop
  2. a clergyman of similar rank in other Churches

Old English arcediacon, from Church Latin archidiaconus, from Ecclesiastical Greek arkhidiakonon “chief deacon;” see arch- + deacon.

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