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[kuh-thol-i-kuh s, -kos] /kəˈθɒl ɪ kəs, -ˌkɒs/
noun, plural catholicoses, catholicoi
[kuh-thol-i-koi] /kəˈθɒl ɪˌkɔɪ/ (Show IPA)
(often initial capital letter) Eastern Church.
  1. any of the heads of certain autocephalous churches.
  2. (in some autocephalous churches) a primate subject to a patriarch and having authority over metropolitans.
(in the early Christian church) the head of monasteries in the same city.
Origin of catholicos
1615-25; < Late Greek katholikós, noun use of Greek adj.; see catholic Unabridged
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  • Nec catholicos a libero religionis exercitio impediri debere, neque cuiquam ex his licere Lutheranismum amplecti.

  • Verissima relacion en que se da cuenta en el estado en que estan los catholicos de Inglaterra, ete Sevilla .

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  • Omnes Episcopi et theologi responderunt catholicos hoc non tenere.

    The History of Freedom John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
  • And the priest of the Christians is called "catholicos" in the Greek tongue, because he presides alone over the whole region.

British Dictionary definitions for catholicos


the patriarch of the Armenian Church
Word Origin
C17: from Greek katholikos; see catholic
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