• Old Bishop's Palace
    Old Bishop's Palace
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bishop (chess) a piece that can be moved diagonally over unoccupied squares of the same color
    • n bishop port wine mulled with oranges and cloves
    • n bishop a senior member of the Christian clergy 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
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Badge on Dad's Breast, With the Word 'bishop' 153 Badge on Dad's Breast, With the Word 'bishop' 153
Bishop Hatto and the rats Bishop Hatto and the rats
Bishop Hatto's Mouse Tower Bishop Hatto's Mouse Tower
Bilked by a Bishop Bilked by a Bishop

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The name Santa Claus came from Saint Nicholas who was a bishop in the town of Myra, and was known to be very nice to children
    • Bishop A beverage, being a mixture of wine, oranges or lemons, and sugar.
    • Bishop A piece used in the game of chess, bearing a representation of a bishop's miter; -- formerly called archer.
    • Bishop A spiritual overseer, superintendent, or director. "Ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.""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.”"
    • Bishop An old name for a woman's bustle. "If, by her bishop , or her “grace” alone,
      A genuine lady, or a church, is known."
    • Bishop In the Methodist Episcopal and some other churches, one of the highest church officers or superintendents.
    • Bishop 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.
    • v. t Bishop To admit into the church by confirmation; to confirm; hence, to receive formally to favor.
    • v. t Bishop (Far) To make seem younger, by operating on the teeth; as, to bishop an old horse or his teeth.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. J. H. Walsh.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bishop An overseer: once applied to Christ in the New Testament.
    • n bishop In the earliest usage of the Christian church, a spiritual overseer, whether of a local church or of a number of churches; a ruler or director in the church. See elder and presbyter.
    • n bishop From an early time, an overseer over a number of local churches; particularly, in the Greek, Oriental, Roman Catholic, and Anglican churches, the title of the highest order in the ministry. See episcopacy. The origin of the office of bishop in the Christian church is a matter of dispute. The terms bishop and presbyter appear to be used interchangeably in the New Testament; but those who support the episcopal form of government maintain that while these terms were not yet limited to their later meanings a difference of rank was indicated by them, that the office of the apostles, as overseers over the local churches and their pastors, was episcopal in its nature, and that the term bishop is appropriately used to designate those whom they ordained as their successors in an office which was intended to be permanent; while those who reject the episcopal form of government hold that the apostolic office was purely personal, and that the apostles had not and could not have successors. The Roman Catholic Church, the Greek and other Oriental churches, and the Anglican Church claim an unbroken succession of bishops from apostolic times. Moravian bishops also claim an unbroken episcopal succession, but exercise jurisdiction not as diocesans, but jointly. The first Methodist superintendent, the title afterward superseded by bishop, was ordained by Wesley in 1784. (See itinerant bishop.) In the Greek, Oriental, and Roman Catholic churches, the different grades of the office, besides simple or ordinary bishop, are archbishop, metropolitan, primate, exarch, and patriarch; these were ecclesiastically instituted for convenience of government. (See pope.) The Anglican Church also has archbishops and metropolitans. By virtue of concordats, the nomination of Roman Catholic bishops is sometimes made by the temporal power; the former election by the clergy remains in some cathedral chapters, but more commonly names are proposed by the fellow-suffragans and metropolitan, and by the clergy of the diocese to be provided for, to the Pope, who directly appoints and in any case confirms the new bishop. In England bishops are nominated by the sovereign, who, upon request of the dean and chapter for leave to elect a bishop, sends a congé d'élire, or license to elect, with a letter missive, nominating the person whom he would have chosen. The election, by the chapter, must be made within twelve days, or the sovereign has a right to appoint whom he pleases. In the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States the bishops are elected by the clergy and laity. Bishops are said to be consecrated rather than ordained. Enthronization is the solemn installation following the consecration. A bishop changed from one see to another is said to be translated; the church containing his cathedra or episcopal throne is called cathedral, and the local jurisdiction indicated by this throne, and the city or locality in which this stands, together with the diocese or territory attached to it, his see, to which he is said to be wedded, and which is widowed when deprived of him. This relation is symbolized by the bishop's ring, which in the Western Church is a part of the insignia of his office, together with the miter, staff, and cross. To this office also are applied the term pontiff and its derivatives. Twenty-four of the English bishops and the two archbishops are peers of the realm, with seats in the House of Lords, and certain political and judicial or quasi-judicial functions. In the Mormon Church the bishop is an officer of the Aaronic or lesser priesthood, presides over it, ministers in outward ordinances, conducts the temporal business of the church, and acts as judge on transgressors. Often abbreviated Bp. See chorepiscopus and vicar apostolic.
    • n bishop A name formerly given to a chief priest of any religion.
    • n bishop A name given in the United States about 1850 to a woman's bustle.
    • n bishop A hot drink made with bitter oranges, cloves, and port wine.
    • n bishop In entomology: A name of various heteropterous hemipterous insects, also called bishop's-miters. They injure fruit by piercing it, and emit an intolerable odor.
    • n bishop A name of the lady-birds, the small beetles of the family Coccinellidæ.
    • n bishop One of the pieces or men in chess, having its upper part carved into the shape of a miter. Formerly called archer. See chess.
    • n bishop A bishop in relation to his comprovincial bishops and their archbishop or metropolitan. This title is used of the other bishops of the Church of England in relation to the archbishops.
    • bishop To administer the rite of confirmation to; admit solemnly into the church; confirm.
    • bishop To confirm (anything) formally.
    • bishop To appoint to the office of bishop.
    • bishop To let (milk, etc.) burn while cooking: in allusion to the proverb, “The bishop has put his foot in it.”
    • bishop [Supposed to be from Bishop, the name of a horse-dealer.] In farriery, to make (an old horse) look like a young one, or to give a good appearance to (a bad horse) in order to deceive purchasers.
    • bishop [From a man named Bishop, who in 1831 drowned a boy in order to sell his body for dissection. Cf. burke.] To murder by drowning.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bishop bish′op in the Western and Eastern Churches, and in the Anglican communion, a clergyman consecrated for the spiritual direction of a diocese, under an archbishop, and over the priests or presbyters and deacons: a spiritual overseer in the early Christian Church, whether of a local church or of a number of churches—the terms bishop and presbyter are used interchangeably in the New Testament for the officers who direct the discipline and administer the affairs of a single congregation—the differentiation in function and dignity is, however, well marked by the end of the 2d century: one of the pieces or men in chess, from the upper part being carved into the shape of a bishop's mitre (formerly the archer): a wholesome hot drink compounded of red wine (claret, Burgundy, &c.) poured warm or cold upon ripe bitter oranges, sugared and spiced to taste
    • v.t Bishop (jocularly) to play the bishop, to confirm: to supply with bishops: to let milk or the like burn while cooking
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  • George Carey
    George Carey
    “People have described me as a management bishop but I say to my critics, Jesus was a management expert too.”
  • John Ruskin
    “Nearly all the evils in the Church have arisen from bishops desiring power more than light. They want authority, not outlook.”
  • Sydney Smith
    “How can a bishop marry? How can he flirt? The most he can say is I will see you in the vestry after service.”
  • James Thomson
    James Thomson
    “I think a bishop who doesn't give offence to anyone is probably not a good bishop.”
  • Raymond Chandler
    “It was a blonde. A blonde to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained-glass window.”


As the actress said to the bishop - (UK) This idiom is used to highlight a sexual reference, deliberate or accidental.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. bischop, biscop, bisceop, AS. bisceop, biscop, L. episcopus, overseer, superintendent, bishop, fr. Gr. , , over + , inspector, fr. root of , , to look to, perh. akin to L. specere, to look at. See Spy, and cf. Episcopal


In literature:

The Bishop's first curacy was at Maidstone, and, strangely enough, he was ordained by Bishop Longley.
"The Strand Magazine, Volume V, Issue 25, January 1893" by Various
The Bishop explained that he was the bishop of the diocese.
"The Shepherd of the North" by Richard Aumerle Maher
He ran to the chaplain of the Bishop of Winchester.
"The Fifth Queen" by Ford Madox Ford
But the Bishop of Chester is of a different opinion.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
The Bishop shall hear of this!
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
He was the last vicar nominated by the Bishop of Carlisle.
"A History of Horncastle from the earliest period to the present time" by James Conway Walter
The bishop's throne is from the earlier church.
"The Shores of the Adriatic" by F. Hamilton Jackson
Not that the Bishop had anything to do with it.
"His Lordship's Leopard" by David Dwight Wells
It is conveyed with Consecration, and is given to the Bishop as a Bishop of the Catholic Church.
"The Church: Her Books and Her Sacraments" by E. E. Holmes
The Bishop quickly noticed this woeful addition to the man's garb.
"Stories by American Authors, Volume 7" by Various

In poetry:

The subject's sad enough
To make him rant and puff,
And fortunately, too,
His Bishop's in a pew.
"The Reverend Micah Sowls" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Lawn is for a bishop's yoke;
Linen's for a nun;
Satin is for wiser folk-
Would the dress were done!
"The Satin Dress" by Dorothy Parker
The Bishop took his leave,
Rejoicing in his sleeve.
The next ensuing day
SOWLS went and heard a play.
"The Reverend Micah Sowls" by William Schwenck Gilbert
The Bishop, when it's o'er,
Goes through the vestry door,
Where MICAH, very red,
Is mopping of his head.
"The Reverend Micah Sowls" by William Schwenck Gilbert
"Well, really," MICAH said,
"I've often heard and read,
But never go - do you?"
The Bishop said, "I do."
"The Reverend Micah Sowls" by William Schwenck Gilbert
It was a Bishop bold,
And London was his see,
He was short and stout and round about
And zealous as could be.
"The Bishop and the Busman" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

Bishops divided in battle over birth control edict .
If he had a garage back in the day, Ron Bishop might have become a Cadillac man instead of a Buick guy.
Bishop Embroiled in Campaign Solicitation Row.
Congressman Tim Bishop speaks during a "Get Out the Vote" rally in Stony Brook, N.Y.
Calif bishop embroiled in abuse cases resigns.
SAN FRANCISCO – A Catholic bishop in Northern California whose diocese has been embroiled in priest sex abuse cases recently resigned Thursday from his post after 11 years.
A segment for the show " Emeril 's Florida" coming out in January on The Cooking Channel was filmed on Bud & Alley's roof deck this week with the restaurant's Chef David Bishop cooking with Lagasse.
Bishop Ryan emphasizing Des Lacs-Burlington tournament.
The parishioners at Bishop Harry Jackson Jr.'s Hope Christian Church in Prince George's County, Maryland, are an eclectic mix.
At their meeting this week, the bishops approved a revision to Directive 58 of the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care services.
The human minister — whether bishop or priest — represents Him (check out CCC #1348).
Rodgers said the synod, or meeting of bishops, will focus on new ways to evangelize .
The following local students were named to the Honor Roll at Bishop Stang High School in North Dartmouth.
The shop is named after owner Val Bishop, who closed her Val's Vintage boutique in Minnetonka to open at this new location.
The announcement of the ordinations follows a January decision by Pope Benedict to lift excommunications of the society's four bishops, including Bishop de Galarreta and controversial British-born Bishop Richard Williamson.

In science:

In this article we introduce EP-ABC, an adaptation of the Expectation Propagation (EP) algorithm (Minka, 2001a; Bishop, 2006, Chap. 10) to the likelihood-free setting.
Expectation-Propagation for Likelihood-Free Inference
Variational Bayes, see Chap. 10 of Bishop, 2006) try to minimize K L(q ||π).
Expectation-Propagation for Likelihood-Free Inference
The following extension (relativization) of the Choquet-Bishop-de Leeuw Theorem was first proved in (, Theorem 1.3).
On Maximal Measures
Grzybowski, B.A., Wilmer, C.E., Kim, J., Browne, K.P., and Bishop, K.J.M. (2009). Self-assembly: from crystals to cells.
Field-control, phase-transitions, and life's emergence
This potential was corrected for adiabatic effects (Bishop and Cheung 1979), which accounts for some of the coupling between electronic and nuclear motion.
Calculated spectra for HeH+ and its effect on the opacity of cool metal poor stars