1. of or relating to a bishop: episcopal authority.
  2. based on or recognizing a governing order of bishops: an episcopal hierarchy.
  3. (initial capital letter) designating the Anglican Church or some branch of it, as the Episcopal Church in America.


  1. (initial capital letter) Informal. an Episcopalian.


  1. of, denoting, governed by, or relating to a bishop or bishops


  1. belonging to or denoting the Episcopal Church

mid-15c., from Middle French √©piscopal (14c.), from Late Latin episcopalis, from Latin episcopus “an overseer” (see bishop). Reference to a church governed by bishops is 1752. With a capital E-, the ordinary designation of the Anglican church in the U.S. and Scotland.

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