a church official ranking just below a bishop or an archpriest: in the Anglican Church, an archdeacon has supervisory duties under the bishop
Origin of archdeaconMiddle English archedeken from Old English arcediacon from Ecclesiastical Late Latin archidiaconus from Ecclesiastical Late Greek archidiakonos from Classical Greek archos (see arch-) + diakonos, servant: see deacon
A church official, as in the Anglican Church, who is in charge of temporal and other affairs in a diocese, with powers delegated from the bishop.
Origin of archdeaconMiddle English archedeken from Old English arcediakon from Late Latin archidiāconus from Late Greek arkhidiākonos Greek arkhi- archi- Greek diākonos deacon
arch- + deacon