high priesthigh priest
- a chief priest; specif., the chief priest of the ancient Jewish priesthood
- a person, esp. a man, who is a chief exponent of a philosophy, movement, etc. or an acknowledged leader, or leading expert, in some field
Origin of high priestMiddle English heyge prest
- Judaism The chief priest of the ancient Levitical priesthood. By tradition this office was restricted to men.
- Mormon Church A priest of the Melchizedek order. By tradition this office is restricted to men.
- The head or chief proponent, as of a movement or doctrine.
- high priesthood
(plural high priests)
- A clergyman with a higher function than a normal priest.
- In the history of the Hebrew Testament (Tanakh), the male person who was responsible for making the annual sacrifice on the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur). Always a descendant of Aaron the older brother of Moses.
- Jesus Christ.
- (Mormonism) The second-lowest office in the Melchizedek priesthood.
- Jake was ordained a high priest when he was called to be a counselor in a bishopric.
- A person holding a position of power or influence; an authority in a field of study, doctrine, art or a movement.
- (Wicca) A third degree (sometimes forth degree) male witch in Wicca.