Bishop etymology


English word bishop comes from Vulgar Latin biscopus, and later Old English (ca. 450-1100) biscop (Bishop.)

Etymology of bishop

Detailed word origin of bishop

Dictionary entry Language Definition
biscopus Vulgar Latin (la-vul)
biscop Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) Bishop.
biscop Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
bishop English (en) (Christianity) To act as a bishop, to perform the duties of a bishop, especially to confirm another's membership in the church.. (Christianity) To make a bishop.. (Christianity, rare) To provide with bishops.. (UK, dialectal) To permit food (especially milk) to burn while cooking (from bishops' role in the inquisition or as mentioned in the quotation below, of horses).. (by extension, [...]