suffragan

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Etymology[edit]

From Anglo-Norman, Old French suffragam, from (the stem of) Latin suffrāgium (suffrage).

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Noun[edit]

suffragan (plural suffragans)

  1. A bishop seen in relation to his archbishop or metropolitan province (which may summon him for support, to attend synods etc.).
    • 1485, Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book XII:
      And hereby wythin thys myle ys the suffrygan of Carlehylle whyche shall gyff you the sacramente of baptyme.
  2. An auxiliary bishop.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 3, The Mirror and the Lamp:
      One saint's day in mid-term a certain newly appointed suffragan-bishop came to the school chapel, and there preached on “The Inner Life.”

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Adjective[edit]

suffragan (not comparable)

  1. Of or pertaining to a suffragan.