- a bishop appointed to assist the bishop of a diocese
- any bishop in his capacity as a subordinate to his archbishop
Origin of suffraganMiddle 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
nounAbbr. 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 of suffraganMiddle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin suffr&amacron;g&amacron;neus, voting, supporting, from Latin suffr&amacron;gium, support, right to vote, from suffr&amacron;g&amacron;r&imacron;, to express support; see bhreg- in Indo-European roots.
- Of or pertaining to a suffragan.