suffragan definition by Webster's New World
- a bishop appointed to assist the bishop of a diocese
- any bishop in his capacity as a subordinate to his archbishop
Origin: Middle English ; from Middle French ; from Ecclesiastical Medieval Latin suffraganus ; from Classical Latin suffragari, to vote for, support, favor ; from suffragium, ballot: see suffrage
- designating or of such a bishop
- subordinate to a larger see
suffragan definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun Abbr. Suff. or Suffr.
- A bishop elected or appointed as an assistant to the bishop or ordinary of a diocese, having administrative and episcopal responsibilities but no jurisdictional functions.
- A bishop regarded in position as subordinate to an archbishop or a metropolitan.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin suffrāgāneus, voting, supporting, from Latin suffrāgium, support, right to vote, from suffrāgārī, to express support; see bhreg- in Indo-European roots.
- sufˈfra·gan·shipˌ noun