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Definition of bishop
1a senior member of the Christian clergy, typically in charge of a diocese and empowered to confer holy orders. 2 (also bishop bird) an African weaverbird, the male of which has red, orange, yellow, or black plumage.
- Genus Euplectes, family Ploceidae: several species, including the red bishop (E. orix), which has scarlet plumage with a black face and underparts
3a chess piece, typically with its top shaped like a miter, that can move in any direction along a diagonal on which it stands. Each player starts the game with two bishops, one moving on white squares and the other on black.