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high priest

a chief priest.
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.
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; Middle English heiye prest Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • And Paul said: I knew not, brethren, that he is the high priest.

  • Mr. Amarinth is the high priest of this philosophy, I suppose?

    The Green Carnation Robert Smythe Hichens
  • At its head sat the high priest, Pryak; at his right was Orbar, second in command.

    Warrior of the Dawn Howard Carleton Browne
  • Had he not from the first the good opinion of her of whom he was the high priest elect.

    Old Familiar Faces Theodore Watts-Dunton
  • Certayne Qvestions concerning silk or vvool in the high priest's ephod, 1605.

    The Beginners of a Nation Edward Eggleston.
British Dictionary definitions for high priest

high priest

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