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One entry found for bishop.
Main Entry: bishˇop
Pronunciation: primarystressbish-schwap
Function: noun
Etymology: Old English bisceop "bishop," from Latin episcopus (same meaning), from Greek episkopos, literally, "overseer," from epi- "on, over" and skopos "watcher, goal, object" --related to EPISCOPAL, HOROSCOPE, SCOPE
1 : a high-ranking member of various sects of the Christian clergy usually in charge of a diocese
2 : a chess piece that moves diagonally
Word History The Old English word bisceop, from which we get our modern English word bishop, comes to us from the Latin word episcopus. Like many other Latin words connected with religion and the church, this was borrowed from Greek, the language in which the New Testament was written. The Greek word episkopos, meaning literally "overseer," was first used of officials in government and later came to be used for church leaders. In the Bible the word meaning "bishop" and the word meaning "priest" were used for the same thing. It was not until much later that the bishop did indeed become overseer of a large district, or diocese.

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