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

  • n. A bishop elected or appointed as an assistant to the bishop or ordinary of a diocese, having administrative and episcopal responsibilities but no jurisdictional functions.
  • n. A bishop regarded in position as subordinate to an archbishop or a metropolitan.
  • adj. Of, being, or relating to a suffragan.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A bishop seen in relation to his archbishop or metropolitan province (which may summon him for support, to attend synods etc.).
  • n. An auxiliary bishop.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to a suffragan.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Assisting; assistant.
  • n. An assistant.
  • n. A bishop considered as an assistant, or as subject, to his metropolitan; an assistant bishop.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Assisting; assistant; of or pertaining to a suffragan: as, a suffragan bishop; a suffragan see.
  • n. An auxiliary bishop, especially one with no right of ordinary jurisdiction; in the Ch. of Eng., a bishop who has been consecrated to assist the ordinary bishop of a see in a particular part of his diocese, like the ancient chorepiscopus (which see).
  • n. A title of every ordinary bishop with respect to the archbishop or metropolitan who is his superior.

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

  • n. an assistant or subordinate bishop of a diocese


Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin suffrāgāneus, voting, supporting, from Latin suffrāgium, support, right to vote, from suffrāgārī, to express support; see bhreg- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman, Old French suffragam, from (the stem of) Latin suffrāgium ("suffrage"). (Wiktionary)



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