Meaning of “bishop” in the English Dictionary

"bishop" in British English

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bishopnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbɪʃ.əp/ us /ˈbɪʃ.əp/

bishop noun [ C ] (PRIEST)

a priest of high rank who is in charge of the priests of lower rank in a particular area:

the Bishop of Durham
Bishop Desmond Tutu

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  • the consecration of the new bishop
  • We are counting on your speech, bishop, to give some moral uplift to the delegates.
  • The bishop criticized the government for its "callous, uncaring attitude" to the homeless and the unemployed.
  • Poverty and ignorance, the bishop said, were the forces of evil in our society today.
  • The bishop's speech has prompted an angry response from both political parties.

(Definition of “bishop” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bishop" in American English

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bishopnoun [ C ]

us /ˈbɪʃ·əp/

a priest of high rank who is in charge of the priests of lower rank in a particular area

In the game of chess, a bishop is a piece that can move only in a diagonal way along squares of the same color.

(Definition of “bishop” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)