Pontiff meaning

pŏntĭf
A pontifex.
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A high priest.
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A bishop of the early Church; now specifically, the Pope. [from 16th c.]
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(figuratively) Any chief figure or leader of a religion. [from 16th c.]
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(historical) A pontifex. [from 17th c.]
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Origin of pontiff

  • French pontife from Old French pontif from Latin pontifex pontifex pent- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French pontife, from Latin pontifex.

    From Wiktionary