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Meaning of archdeacon

arch•dea•con

Pronunciation: (ärch'dē'kun), [key]
— n.
  1. an ecclesiastic, ranking next below a bishop and having charge of the temporal and external administration of a diocese, with jurisdiction delegated from the bishop.
  2. a title of honor conferred only on a member of a cathedral chapter.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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