Pronunciation: (ärch'prēst'), [key]
1. a priest holding first rank, as among the members of a cathedral chapter or among the clergy of a district outside the episcopal city.
2. Rom. Cath. Ch.a priest acting as superior of the Roman Catholic secular clergy in England, first appointed in 1598 and superseded by a vicar apostolic in 1623.
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