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 (kō′ə-jo͞o′tər, kō-ăj′ə-tər)
1. A coworker; an assistant.
2. Ecclesiastical A subordinate bishop designated as an assistant and usually as a successor to the bishop of a given diocese.

[Middle English coadjutour, assistant, from Latin coadiūtor : co-, co- + adiūtor, assistant (from adiūtāre, to aid; see adjutant).]


1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a bishop appointed as assistant to a diocesan bishop
2. rare an assistant
[C15: via Old French from Latin co- together + adjūtor helper, from adjūtāre to assist, from juvāre to help]
coˈadjutress, coˈadjutrix fem n


(koʊˈædʒ ə tər, ˌkoʊ əˈdʒu tər)

1. an assistant.
2. a bishop who assists another bishop and has the right of succession.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Latin, =co- co- + adjūtor helper (adjū-, base of adjuvāre to help (compare adjutant) + -tor -tor)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.coadjutor - an assistant to a bishop
assistant, helper, help, supporter - a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose; "my invaluable assistant"; "they hired additional help to finish the work"


A person who holds a position auxiliary to another and assumes some of the superior's responsibilities:
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In the first place, my coadjutors were not invariably old; there were men among them in their strength and prime, of marked ability and energy, and altogether superior to the sluggish and dependent mode of life on which their evil stars had cast them.
Perhaps a couple of blows with a mattock were sufficient, while his coadjutors were busy in the pit; perhaps it required a dozen - who shall tell?
He now proceeded, with all diligence, to procure proper agents and coadjutors, habituated to the Indian trade and to the life of the wilderness.
He designed many things, and drew in other persons as coadjutors, quarrelled with some or all, blundered much, and something is done; all are a little advanced, but the individual is always mistaken.
Incessant machinations were to be kept at work by Mr and Mrs Lammle; love was to be made for Fledgeby, and conquest was to be insured to him; he on his part very humbly admitting his defects as to the softer social arts, and entreating to be backed to the utmost by his two able coadjutors.
Monsieur le Prince is led by the coadjutor, who is led by Madame de Guemenee.
Here they found them comfortably encamped: twenty-two prime trappers, all well appointed, with excellent horses in capital condition led by Milton Sublette, and an able coadjutor named Jarvie, and in full march for the Malade hunting ground.
Wolfert's heart leaped with joy at having met with so learned and able a coadjutor.
Hiram heard him patiently, and without contradiction, but still Richard was unable to discover the views of his coadjutor on this interesting subject.
If, as I dare to hope, I have the privilege of finding you a valuable coadjutor in the interesting matter of hospital management, there will be many questions which we shall need to discuss in private.
used in a fable by Georgius Coadjutor, one of the most fastidious
My worthy coadjutor, Monsieur Clergeot, did me the honor just now to come and ask a question, and he heard the noise you are making" [passes into Monsieur Godard's room].