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Etymology edit

archbishop +‎ -ess

Pronunciation edit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɑː(ɹ)tʃ.bɪʃ.əp.ɛs/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ɑɹt͡ʃ.bɪʃ.əp.ɛs/

Noun edit

archbishopess (plural archbishopesses)

  1. (rare) The wife of an archbishop.
    • 1877, Charles J. Karslake, An authentic account of the imprisonment and martyrdom of John Ogilvie:
      And when the Archbishop then at Edinburgh had heard that the man in chains had been treated more kindly that usual by his wife, which, however, she only used to do when, according to her custom, she had been indulging very freely in certain potations (such a sober lot are Archbishopesses among heretics), he sent for her, and desired that the martyr should even be deprived of this kindness.
  2. (rare) A female archbishop.

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