1. A spiritual overseer, superintendent, or director.
Ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls. --1 Pet. ii. 25.
It is a fact now generally recognized by theologians of all shades of opinion, that in the language of the New Testament the same officer in the church is called indifferently =\“bishop” ( ░ ) and “elder” or “presbyter.”\= --J. B. Lightfoot.
2. In the Roman Catholic, Greek, and Anglican or Protestant Episcopal churches, one ordained to the highest order of the ministry, superior to the priesthood, and generally claiming to be a successor of the Apostles. The bishop is usually the spiritual head or ruler of a diocese, bishopric, or see.
Bishop in partibus [infidelium] R. C. Ch., a bishop of a see which does not actually exist; one who has the office of bishop, without especial jurisdiction. --Shipley.
Titular bishop R. C. Ch., a term officially substituted in 1882 for bishop in partibus.
Bench of Bishops. See under Bench.
3. In the Methodist Episcopal and some other churches, one of the highest church officers or superintendents.
4. A piece used in the game of chess, bearing a representation of a bishop's miter; -- formerly called archer.
5. A beverage, being a mixture of wine, oranges or lemons, and sugar.
6. An old name for a woman's bustle. [U. S.]
If, by her bishop, or her “grace” alone,
A genuine lady, or a church, is known. --Saxe.
Bish·op, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bishoped p. pr. & vb. n. Bishoping.] To admit into the church by confirmation; to confirm; hence, to receive formally to favor.
Bish·op v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bishoped p. pr. & vb. n. Bishoping.] Far. To make seem younger, by operating on the teeth; as, to bishop an old horse or his teeth.
Note: The plan adopted is to cut off all the nippers with a saw to the proper length, and then with a cutting instrument the operator scoops out an oval cavity in the corner nippers, which is afterwards burnt with a hot iron until it is black.
n 1: a clergyman having spiritual and administrative authority;
appointed in Christian churches to oversee priests or
ministers; considered in some churches to be successors
of the twelve apostles of Christ
2: port wine mulled with oranges and cloves
3: (chess) a piece that can be moved diagonally over unoccupied
squares of the same color
an overseer. In apostolic times, it is quite manifest that there
was no difference as to order between bishops and elders or
presbyters (Acts 20:17-28; 1 Pet. 5:1, 2; Phil. 1:1; 1 Tim. 3).
The term bishop is never once used to denote a different office
from that of elder or presbyter. These different names are
simply titles of the same office, "bishop" designating the
function, namely, that of oversight, and "presbyter" the dignity
appertaining to the office. Christ is figuratively called "the
bishop [episcopos] of souls" (1 Pet. 2:25).