[ kuh-thol-i-kuh s, -kos ]
/ kəˈθɒl ɪ kəs, -ˌkɒs /

noun, plural ca·thol·i·cos·es, ca·thol·i·coi [kuh-thol-i-koi] /kəˈθɒl ɪˌkɔɪ/.

(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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for catholicos

  • 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 .

    Henrietta Maria|Henrietta Haynes
  • 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

/ (kəˈθɒlɪkɒs) /


the patriarch of the Armenian Church

Word Origin for Catholicos

C17: from Greek katholikos; see catholic
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