[ kuh-thol-i-kuhs, -kos ]

noun,plural ca·thol·i·cos·es, ca·thol·i·coi [kuh-thol-i-koi]. /kəˈθɒl ɪˌkɔɪ/.
  1. (often initial capital letter)Eastern Church.

    • any of the heads of certain autocephalous churches.

    • (in some autocephalous churches) a primate subject to a patriarch and having authority over metropolitans.

  2. (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

Words Nearby catholicos Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use catholicos in a sentence

  • Nec catholicos a libero religionis exercitio impediri debere, neque cuiquam ex his licere Lutheranismum amplecti.

  • Hisce responsionibus confisum Parlamentum Angliae catholicos admisit ad participationem iurium civilium.

    The History of Freedom | John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
  • 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.

  • Sculares qui natale Domini, pascha et pentecosten non communicaverint, catholici non credantur nec inter catholicos habeantur.

    Rites and Ritual | Philip Freeman

British Dictionary definitions for Catholicos


/ (kəˈθɒlɪkɒs) /

  1. the patriarch of the Armenian Church

Origin of Catholicos

C17: from Greek katholikos; see catholic

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