- 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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Examples from the Web for high priest
He continues His office of High-priest, and intercedes for us with the Father.An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism
The high-priest is called Dustoor, the others are called Mobed.Chips From A German Workshop - Volume I
Friedrich Max Mller
The High-Priest yonder should know this mark, for he saw it at my birth.Morning Star
H. Rider Haggard
While Krates was at his work not a word passed between him and the high-priest.
He has heard that you are fair, and he is about to demand of the high-priest that he should surrender you to him.
- 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
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