Definition of acephal in US English:

acephal

noun

  • 1Church History= Acephalian. Also: †a priest who is not subject to the authority of a bishop (obsolete rare). Usually with capital initial.

  • 2An (imaginary) headless animal or person. Compare acephali. Now rare.

adjective

  • Having or recognizing no ruler, head, or chief; = "acephalous". Now rare.

Origin

Late Middle English; earliest use found in John Trevisa (c1342–?1402), translator. As noun from post-classical Latin acephali, plural; as adjective from classical Latin acephalus.