- a bishop
- the popein full Supreme Pontiff
- a high priest
Origin of pontiffFrench pontife ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin pontifex (gen. pontificis), bishop ; from L, high priest, origin, originally uncertain or unknown; perhaps bridge maker, path finder ; from pons (gen. pontis), bridge (see pons) + facere, to make, do
- a. The pope.b. A bishop.
- A pontifex.
Origin of pontiffFrench pontife, from Old French pontif, from Latin pontifex, pontifex; see pent- in Indo-European roots.