Visitor in official language, is an inspector of bodies politic, ecclesiastical, or civil. With respect to ordinary ecclesiastical corporations, the bishop is their visitor, so constituted by canon law. The archbishop is the supreme ecclesiastical visitor in his province, and has no superior. The, bishops are visitors in their several' dioceses of all deans and chapters, parsons, vicars, and all spiritual corporations. Visitors of colleges and other eleemosynary corporations are generally independent of the diocesan, being extra diocesan. Sometimes a visitor or visitor-general is appointed with extraordinary powers. See Hill, English Monasticism, p. 494 sq.