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 archidiaconus, from Late Greek arkhidiakonos : Greek arkhi-, archi- + Greek diakonos, deacon.
arch- + deacon