Definition of archdeaconry in English:


nounplural noun archdeaconries

  • 1The district for which an archdeacon is responsible.

    ‘Dioceses were divided into archdeaconries, and archdeaconries into rural deaneries.’
    • ‘The northern part of the diocese, the old archdeaconry of Brecon, is almost entirely rural, sparsely populated, and overwhelmingly dependent upon agriculture.’
    • ‘Having exercised his ministry in two of our three archdeaconries, he probably knows the diocese as well as anyone.’
    • ‘Canon Welton, who was appointed first archdeacon of a new archdeaconry comprising East London, Mdantsane and Komga in 1970, will be retiring to Gonubie.’
    1. 1.1The residence of an archdeacon.
      ‘In the 12th century Szentendre was an archdeaconry residence, the Church centre of Pilis County.’
      • ‘The not having it in his power to keep residency upon his archdeaconry, where there was no house, can't excuse him for not residing upon his parsonage where there was a house.’
      • ‘And I think that this case ought to be considered in the same manner as if the archdeaconry and the parsonage had been a hundred miles distant from each other.’
    2. 1.2The office of an archdeacon.
      ‘In May 1551 the king conferred on him the archdeaconry of Exeter, and appointed him one of the six preachers of Canterbury cathedral.’
      • ‘The Queen has approved that the Reverend Philip Hugh Jones, Vicar of Southwater, in the Diocese of Chichester, be appointed to the Archdeaconry of Lewes and Hastings.’
      • ‘Some Archdeaconries drafted and submitted Social Development Plans.’



/ˌärCHˈdēkənrē/ /ˌɑrtʃˈdikənri/