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high priest

noun
1.
a chief priest.
2.
Judaism. (from Aaronic times to about the 1st century a.d.) the priest ranking above all other priests and the only one permitted to enter the holy of holies.
3.
Informal. a person in a high position of power or influence, especially one who is revered as a preeminent authority or interpreter:
the high priest of the young painters.
Origin of high priest
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English heiye prest
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  • On the following day the high priest and his party started for Goshen.

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  • Amuba and the rest of the suit of the high priest were served in another apartment.

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  • The overseer of the estate was in readiness to receive the high priest.

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  • Chigron was much disturbed when he heard of the death of the high priest and his son.

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  • The community has a high priest, and also a lay chief, Ardeshir Meherban.

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British Dictionary definitions for high priest

high priest

noun
1.
(Judaism) the priest of highest rank who alone was permitted to enter the holy of holies of the tabernacle and Temple
2.
(Mormon Church) a priest of the order of Melchizedek priesthood
3.
the head of a group or cult Also (feminine) high priestess
Derived Forms
high priesthood, noun
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