- a bishop
- [P-] 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.