from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Used formerly as a title for a priest holding first rank among the members of a cathedral chapter, acting as chief assistant to a bishop.
- n. An honorific title applied to a priest, which may be accompanied by a specific function.
- n. Eastern Orthodox Church Roman Catholic Church The highest rank a married priest can hold.
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- n. The highest rank given to a married priest.
- n. An honorific title applied to a priest who has a specific function.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A chief priest; also, a kind of vicar, or a rural dean.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Eccles., the chief among the priests, called by the Greeks protopresbyter, and later protopope.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a senior clergyman and dignitary
Middle English archeprest, from Old French archeprestre, from Late Latin archipresbyter, from Late Greek arkhipresbuteros : Greek arkhi-, archi- + Greek presbuteros, priest; see presbyter.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)