- 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.
Origin of patriarch
Related Words for patriarchselder, ruler, founder, grandfather, originator, head, author, generator, sire, father, chief, master, architect, senior, ancestor, creator, maker, inventor, gaffer, paterfamilias
Examples from the Web for patriarchs
Contemporary Examples of patriarchs
As the great commentator, the Ramban, teaches, “everything that happened to the Patriarchs is a portent for the children.”The Vulnerability of American Rabbis
Rabbi Jonah Geffen
November 8, 2013
Historical Examples of patriarchs
The church then became the cathedral of the patriarchs of Constantinople.Byzantine Churches in Constantinople
Alexander Van Millingen
They had also a great liking for the patriarchs, especially Noah.Literary Tours in The Highlands and Islands of Scotland
Daniel Turner Holmes
I have become a contemporary of David and the patriarchs of Israel.Where Half The World Is Waking Up
It was not made with their Fathers (the Patriarchs) but with us, even us, who are all of us here alive this day.
We know little or nothing about the teaching of the patriarchs in the Elohistic age.Mysticism and its Results
- 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.