high priest

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noun

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
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high priest


noun

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 cultAlso (feminine): high priestess
Derived Formshigh priesthood, noun
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