from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The office or position of an archdeacon.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The office or order of archdeacons.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. office or position of an archdeacon
About 1261 Peter appears in the retinue of Cardinal Ottoboni Fieschi; towards this time also he was made deacon of the Church of Lisbon, an office which he later exchanged for the archidiaconate of Vermuy in the Diocese of Braga.
(Kirkevaag) was made the seat of a diocese (diœcesis Orcadensis), in connexion with which a cathedra! chapter was later established, and the Shetland Islands were assigned it as an archidiaconate.
He was, however, subject to the archdeacon; several such large rural communities, or parishes, constituted an archidiaconate.
The union of such archipresbyterates formed an archidiaconate, whose deans were subject to the archdeacon.