- Archaic a priest who acts as a bishop's chief assistant; dean
- a chief priest
nounRoman Catholic Church
- a. Used formerly as a title for a priest holding first rank among the members of a cathedral chapter, acting as chief assistant to a bishop.b. An honorific title applied to a priest, which may be accompanied by a specific function.
- Eastern Orthodox Church The highest rank a married priest can hold.
Origin of archpriestMiddle English archeprest, from Old French archeprestre, from Late Latin archipresbyter, from Late Greek arkhipresbuteros : Greek arkhi-, archi- + Greek presbuteros, priest; see presbyter.