Meaning of “episcopal” in the English Dictionary

"episcopal" in English

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uk /ɪˈpɪs.kə.pəl/ us /ɪˈpɪs.kə.pəl/ formal

Examples from literature

  • It is the only episcopal city whose cathedral was left standing in the rage of Reformation. 
  • Monasteries sought to be independent of all foreign control and of episcopal jurisdiction. 
  • One day a troop of hungry beggars came crowding to the episcopal palace crying for food. 
  • The arbitration of bishops had the force of positive law, and judges were instructed to execute the episcopal decrees. 
  • The town was for several centuries an episcopal see. 

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

"Episcopal" in American English

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Episcopaladjective [ not gradable ]

us /ɪˈpɪs·kə·pəl/

of a Christian religious group that is one of the Protestant churches:

an Episcopal church/minister
noun [ C ] us /ɪˌpɪs·kəˈpeɪl·jən/

George is an Episcopalian.
adjective [ not gradable ] us /ɪˌpɪs·kəˈpeɪl·jən/

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