- the pope as patriarch of the West.
- any of certain bishops of the Eastern rites, as a head of an Eastern rite or a bishop of one of the ancient sees.
- the head of a Uniate church.
- patria potestas,
- patriarchal cross,
Origin of patriarch
Examples from the Web for patriarch
Marston declared that women should rule the world but remained a patriarch.Wonder Woman’s Creation Story Is Wilder Than You Could Ever Imagine|Tom Arnold-Forster|November 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The patriarch, Josiah, had fought with the 42nd Wisconsin Infantry, marching all the way to Kentucky to battle the Confederates.
In Moscow, Patriarch Kirill addressed an audience that included Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church even opined that same-sex marriage is a sign of the apocalypse.
To turn the title of a classic Gabriel García Márquez on its head, this will be “The Spring of the Patriarch.”Egypt’s Arab Spring Gives Way To Spring Of The Patriarch|Christopher Dickey|January 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The largest of these was evidently a patriarch, for although he was in rather poor condition he weighed 136 lbs.
Under the ministering care of Beatrice and the patriarch, Stern's convalescence was rapid.Darkness and Dawn|George Allan England
In what condition was the patriarch Job at the end of his life?
Truly he was a patriarch like unto Abraham, and a father to his people.For Faith and Freedom|Walter Besant
Solemn mass was then celebrated by the patriarch, and the council inaugurated.
- a title given to the pope
- a title given to a number of bishops, esp of the Uniat Churches, indicating their rank as immediately below that of the pope
Word Origin for patriarch
late 12c., from Old French patriarche "one of the Old Testament fathers" (11c.) and directly from Late Latin patriarcha (Tertullian), from Greek patriarkhes "chief or head of a family," from patria "family, clan," from pater "father" (see father (n.)) + arkhein "to rule" (see archon). Also used as an honorific title of certain bishops in the early Church, notably those of Antioch, Alexandria, and Rome.