Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or having to do with an archdeacon or an archdeacon's office.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to an archdeacon.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to an archdeacon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to an archdeacon or to his office: as, an archidiaconal visitation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to an archdeacon or his office

Etymologies

Middle English, from Late Latin archidiāconus, archdeacon; see archdeacon.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin archidiaconus, from Ancient Greek. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • His lordship then presented them to his lady wife; the archdeacon first, with archidiaconal honours, and then the precentor with diminished parade.

    Barchester Towers

  • And why should the things be sold at all, when the archdeacon had tacitly withdrawn his threats — when he had given his son to understand that the allowance would still be paid quarterly with the customary archidiaconal regularity, and that no alteration was intended in those settlements under which the Plumstead foxes would, in the ripeness of time, become the property of the major himself.

    The Last Chronicle of Barset

  • But spite of the archidiaconal hat and gaiters I knew the vicar when accidentally met on the platform of York Station, and his reply to one of my questions about the happy people at Netherbate was precisely as I have written it.

    Lines in Pleasant Places Being the Aftermath of an Old Angler

  • Throughout this long suit Byrd, though in possession of property which had been confiscated from a recusant and actually taking part as a member of the Chapel Royal at the coronation of James I., had been excommunicated since 1598, while from 1605 until 1612, and possibly later, he was regularly presented before the archidiaconal court of Essex as a Catholic.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4 "Bulgaria" to "Calgary"

  • Peculiars, with but one or two exceptions, had ceased to exist by 1850, and Ripon, once exempt from archidiaconal authority, is now itself an archdeaconry.

    Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Ripon A Short History of the Church and a Description of Its Fabric

  • Hilda turned upon her a face which appeared still to glow with the stimulus of the archidiaconal function.

    The Path of a Star

  • He was tall, broad, thick; his gold-rimmed spectacles were engulfed in the folds of his long face; his hair was a tossed mass of greasy blackness; he puffed and rumbled as he talked; his Phi Beta Kappa key shone against a spotty black vest; he smelled of old pipes; he was altogether funereal and archidiaconal; and to real-estate brokerage and the jobbing of bathroom-fixtures he added an aroma of sanctity.

    Babbitt

  • Joanna was furious -- she would brook no interference from Archdeacons, and wrote the gentleman a letter which must have been unique in his archidiaconal experience.

    Joanna Godden

  • In an archidiaconal charge, delivered within a few months of his appointment, he firmly repudiated the Tractarians.

    Cardinal Manning: Part III

  • His uncle (I need scarcely say) had made no innovation upon the laced hat and gaiters proper to his archidiaconal rank -- though it is likely enough that the

    Sir John Constantine Memoirs of His Adventures At Home and Abroad and Particularly in the Island of Corsica: Beginning with the Year 1756

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