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- adj. Self-governing or autonomous: independent of other episcopal jurisdiction.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having its own head; independent of episcopal or patriarchal jurisdiction, as certain Greek churches.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having a head or chief of its own; independent of jurisdiction: applied to a church.
- Acting as an independent head; having primary jurisdiction: as, an autocephalous bishop or metropolitan.
From Ancient Greek αὐτοκέφαλος (autoképhalos), from αὐτο- ("auto-") + κεφαλή (kephalē, "head"). (Wiktionary)