UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations'bishop', 'Bishop': /ˈbɪʃəp/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈbɪʃəp/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(bishəp)

Inflections of 'bishop' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
v 3rd person singular
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
bish•op /ˈbɪʃəp/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Religiona person who supervises a diocese and is a member of the highest order of the ministry.
  2. Chessone of two chess pieces that may be moved any distance diagonally.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
bish•op  (bishəp),USA pronunciation n., v.,  -oped, -op•ing. 
  1. a person who supervises a number of local churches or a diocese, being in the Greek, Roman Catholic, Anglican, and other churches a member of the highest order of the ministry.
  2. a spiritual supervisor, overseer, or the like.
  3. Chessone of two pieces of the same color that may be moved any unobstructed distance diagonally, one on white squares and the other on black.
  4. Winea hot drink made of port wine, oranges, cloves, etc.
  5. BirdsAlso called  bishop bird′. any of several colorful African weaverbirds of the genus Euplectes, often kept as pets.

  1. to appoint to the office of bishop.
bishop•less, adj. 
bishop•like′, adj. 
  • Greek epískopos overseer, equivalent. to epi- epi- + skopós watcher; see scope
  • Vulgar Latin *ebiscopus, for Late Latin episcopus
  • bef. 900; Middle English; Old English bisc(e)op

Bish•op  (bishəp),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. BiographicalElizabeth, 1911–79, U.S. poet.
  2. BiographicalHazel (Gladys), born 1906, U.S. chemist and businesswoman.
  3. BiographicalJohn Peale, 1892–1944, U.S. poet and essayist.
  4. BiographicalMorris (Gilbert), 1893–1973, U.S. humorist, poet, and biographer.
  5. BiographicalWilliam Avery ("Billy''), 1894–1956, Canadian aviator: helped to establish Canadian air force.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
bishop /ˈbɪʃəp/ n
  1. (in the Roman Catholic, Anglican, and Greek Orthodox Churches) a clergyman having spiritual and administrative powers over a diocese or province of the Church
    See also suffragan
    Related adjective(s): episcopal
  2. a chesspiece, capable of moving diagonally over any number of unoccupied squares of the same colour
  3. mulled wine, usually port, spiced with oranges, cloves, etc
Etymology: Old English biscop, from Late Latin epīscopus, from Greek episkopos, from epi- + skopos watcher
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
Bishop /ˈbɪʃəp/ n
  1. Elizabeth. 1911–79, US poet, who lived in Brazil. Her poetry reflects her travelling experience, esp in the tropics
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