primate

Latin: primus, first

A bishop exercising authority not only in his own province but over several provinces, as a rule over a national territory. Their authority extended to convoking and presiding over national councils, hearing appeals from the decisions of metropolitans, crowning the sovereign. Their authority was never established by canon law. The title today is one of honour only. The Archbishops of Armagh and Dublin are the only prelates who have this title in English-speaking countries.