- The definition of a bishop is a senior member of the Christian clergy that is often in charge of a diocese and able to oversee priests, or a chess piece.
- The Christian religious leader who oversees the priests in your parish is an example of a bishop.
- A piece in chess that you have two of when you start the game and that moves along the diagonal is an example of a bishop.
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- a high-ranking member of the Christian clergy having authority, variously, over other clergy and usually supervising a diocese or church district
- Mormon Ch. a lay church officer who presides over a ward
- a chess piece that can move in a diagonal direction only, over any number of unoccupied squares of the same color
- a hot, sweet drink of port wine flavored with an orange stuck with cloves
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English bisceop ; from Late Latin episcopus, an overseer (in Ecclesiastical Late Latin bishop) ; from Classical Greek episkopos, overseer (in New Testament , bishop) ; from epi-, upon plush skopos ; from skopein, to look (see scope)
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- A high-ranking Christian cleric, in modern churches usually in charge of a diocese and in some churches regarded as having received the highest ordination in unbroken succession from the apostles.
- Abbr. B Games A usually miter-shaped chess piece that can move diagonally across any number of unoccupied spaces.
- Mulled port spiced with oranges, sugar, and cloves.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English bisceope, from Vulgar Latin *ebiscopus, from Late Latin episcopus, from Late Greek episkopos, from Greek, overseer : epi-, epi- + skopos, watcher; see spek- in Indo-European roots.
, Elizabeth 1911-1979.
bishop - Cultural Definition
bishop - Medical Definition
, J. Michael Born 1936.