Definition of autocephaly in English:

autocephaly

noun

Christian Church
  • Especially among Eastern Orthodox Churches: the state or condition of having a presiding bishop, etc., who is independent of external jurisdiction.

Origin

Mid 19th century. From post-classical Latin autocephalia from autocephalus + -ia.

Pronunciation

autocephaly

/ˌɔːtə(ʊ)ˈsɛf(ə)li//ˌɔːtə(ʊ)ˈsɛfəli//ˌɔːtə(ʊ)ˈkɛfəli/