Originally (and still gen. in E churches) the title of the chief deacon in a diocese. In the W the title had by the 9th c. come to designate a priest in charge of an archdeaconry, an administrative subdivision of a diocese. To a degree this is still true of archdeacons (styled Venerable) in the Angl. Ch., though their duties vary. In the RC Ch. it is usually only a title of honor that may be given to the ranking member(s) of a chapter.
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