Definition of coadjutor in English:


Pronunciation /kōˈajo͞odər/ /koʊˈædʒudər/ /kōˈajədər/ /koʊˈædʒədər/

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  • A bishop appointed to assist a diocesan bishop, and often also designated as his successor.

    ‘Before Ruiz retired in 2000, the Vatican placed a bishop coadjutor in his diocese.’
    • ‘In a letter to the 200 priests of his diocese announcing his application to the Pope for a coadjutor, Bishop Konstant tells them: ‘I have been aware that while I am able to continue my work in the diocese I do need some help.’’
    • ‘Her life was written by Thomas de Cantimpre, the coadjutor of the Bishop of Cambrai.’
    • ‘Vera Lopez was considered a conservative when the pope named him bishop coadjutor in 1995, but he too became an outspoken advocate of the rights of the indigenous peasants of Chiapas.’
    • ‘Appointed coadjutor bishop of New York in 1837, he was consecrated the following year.’
    • ‘It's more than 80 years since a coadjutor archbishop succeeded to the See of Dublin.’
    • ‘Catholic tradition holds that it is an aberration for a diocese to have more than one bishop, although a coadjutor is allowed for a bishop in need because of health or age.’
    • ‘Connell asked Rome in May 2002 to appoint a coadjutor archbishop with the right of succession, but candidates weren't easy to find.’
    • ‘The coadjutor pulled Michael to the side to confer with him.’
    • ‘The diocese feels a sense of gratitude for the gentle leadership which Bishop Laurence Ryan has given, first as coadjutor to Bishop Patrick Lennon and since late 1987 as bishop of the diocese.’


Late Middle English via Old French from late Latin coadjutor, from co- (from Latin cum ‘together with’) + adjutor ‘assistant’ (from adjuvare ‘to help’).