[kuh-thol-i-kuh s, -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.
    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.
  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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for catholicos

Historical Examples of 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


  1. the patriarch of the Armenian Church

Word Origin for Catholicos

C17: from Greek katholikos; see catholic
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