Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to an archdeacon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to an archdeacon.

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

  • adjective of or relating to an archdeacon or his office

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Late Latin archidiāconus, archdeacon; see archdeacon.]

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Latin archidiaconus, from Ancient Greek.

Examples

  • 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.

    Babbit

  • And why should the things be sold at all, when the archdeacon had tacitly withdrawn his threats — when he had given his son to understand that the allowance would still be paid quarterly with the customary archidiaconal regularity, and that no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

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

    Barchester Towers

  • 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.

    Chapter 3

  • 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

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