Definition of archidiaconal in English:

archidiaconal

adjective

  • Relating to an archdeacon.

    • ‘He recognized the need for decentralized administration in the dual-titled diocese and was instrumental in gaining the approval of the diocesan synod in 1884 for two archidiaconal councils, a step towards the establishment of a separate coastal diocese thirty years later.’
    • ‘His lordship then presented them to his lady wife; the archdeacon first, with archidiaconal honours, and then the precentor with diminished parade.’
    • ‘The remainder of the diocesan and archidiaconal records are held at the Lincolnshire Archives, which is the Diocesan Record Office.’
    • ‘It is puzzling that when the archdeacon of Stafford, George Hodson, reported on the Rushton chapel in 1830 during the course of his archidiaconal visitation, he noted the west gallery but not the singers.’
    • ‘The archidiaconal residence rises on an area tied since time immemorial to church activities.’
    • ‘The impact of the secular clergy was reinforced by the presence of the archidiaconal court and the representatives or officials of the largely absentee archdeacons.’
    • ‘This last and eight of the archidiaconal acta survive as originals.’
    • ‘The important segment of the archbishopric archives are archidiaconal reports about religious, economical, political and moral circumstances in individual parishes from 1615 till our days.’
    • ‘There were also areas which were exempt from archidiaconal and episcopal jurisdiction, known as ‘peculiars’.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from medieval Latin archidiaconalis, from archi- chief + diaconalis (see diaconal).

Pronunciation:

archidiaconal

/ˌärkəˌdīˈakən(ə)l/