Definition of archbishopric in English:



  • 1The office of an archbishop.

    • ‘The hospitality figures appear within statistics showing what it costs to run the two archbishoprics and other items, including travel and subsistence.’
    • ‘He propounded views in favour of the divorce of Henry VIII from Catherine of Aragon, was appointed to the archbishopric in 1533, and maintained the king's claim to be the supreme head of the Church of England.’
    • ‘Misjudging the survival of Romano-British life, Gregory had planned archbishoprics based on London and York, but political realities were acknowledged in 601 when Augustine was enthroned as first archbishop of Canterbury.’
    • ‘At the same time, he installed a Norman into the archbishopric of York, left vacant by the death of Ealdred in that year, and replaced four other English bishops implicated in the uprisings with Norman prelates.’
    • ‘Scotland had no territorial episcopate before the 12th century and no archbishoprics before the late 15th century.’
    • ‘The main proposal of the ‘Edict of Restitution’ was to ensure that the ‘Ecclesiastical Reservation’ was enforced and it affected the secularised archbishoprics of Bremen and Magdeburg, 12 bishoprics and over 100 religious houses.’
    • ‘The crusaders captured Tyre and established an archbishopric there - the remains of their cathedral still stand - it became one of the chief cities of the Latin kings of Jerusalem.’
    • ‘The Borthwick Institute of Historical Research cares for one of the richest collections in Europe and is home to the records of the archbishopric of York and important families and politicians.’
    • ‘This ‘ecclesiastical engineering’, as it has been described, was completed in 1152 when the council of Kells-Mellifont created two further archbishoprics, Dublin and Tuam, under the primacy of Armagh.’
    • ‘The noose became even tighter when the bishopric of Prague was subordinated to the German archbishopric of Mainz.’
    1. 1.1An archdiocese.
      • ‘It was an archbishopric during Christian times but fell to the Arabs in ad 636.’
      • ‘The second largest city is Santiago de Cuba in the province of Oriente, where the Roman Catholic archbishopric was established in the colonial era.’
      • ‘Around 1075 Adam of Bremen wrote a history of the archbishopric of Bremen and Hamburg, which until 1104 included the Scandinavian countries.’
      • ‘Three young artists, Hendrick ter Brugghen, Gerrit van Honthorst, and Dirck van Baburen, travelled to Rome from Utrecht which, being the seat of the Catholic archbishopric, had maintained strong links with the papal city.’
      • ‘It thus ceased to be an archbishopric; the diocese now includes Killala and Achonry.’
      • ‘The most he would order was a formal inquiry, asking his son to bring together ‘the senior and more important knights of the honour of Saltwood’ to determine what should belong to the archbishopric of Canterbury.’
      • ‘The account was carried forward into the following year, when he had acquired the nickname of ‘Hobbehod’, and indicates that he had been a tenant of the archbishopric of York.’
      • ‘York was the archbishopric of the old kingdom of the Northumbrians.’
      • ‘The nobles founded many monasteries and the archbishopric of Rouen was coterminous with the duchy.’
      • ‘He later acquired the archbishoprics of Metz and Verdun as well.’


Old English arcebiscoprice (see arch-, bishopric).