- of or governed by bishops
- designating or of any of various churches governed by bishops, including the Protestant Episcopal and the Anglican Church
Origin of episcopalMiddle English ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin episcopalis
- Of or relating to a bishop.
- Of, relating to, or involving church government by bishops.
- Episcopal Of or relating to the Episcopal Church.
Origin of episcopalMiddle English, from Late Latin episcopālis, from episcopus, bishop; see bishop.
(comparative more episcopal, superlative most episcopal)
- Of or relating to the affairs of a bishop in various Christian churches.
From Middle French épiscopal, from Late Latin episcopalis, from Latin episcopus, from Ancient Greek ἐπίσκοπος (episkopos, “watching over”)
- Of or relating to the affairs of an Anglican church, such as the Scottish Episcopal Church or the Episcopal Church in the United States.
- The term Episcopal may be used when referring to an Anglican Episcopal Church, as in There was a small Episcopal church at the end of the lane, or He had been an Episcopal priest for twenty years, but one often hears Episcopalian instead.
- Similarly, Episcopalian refers to an individual member of the church, but one may hear Episcopal instead.