- a bishop.
- the Roman Catholic pope, the Bishop of Rome.
- pontic mountains,
- pontifex maximus,
- pontifical college,
- pontifical mass,
Origin of pontiff
Examples from the Web for pontiff
But the current pontiff, for reasons one might fully understand, declined to meet the would-be papal assassin.
The pontiff blasts the selfishness, arrogance and detachment of the cardinals in Rome.Pope Francis Denounces the Vatican Elite’s 'Spiritual Alzheimer’s'|Barbie Latza Nadeau|December 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
With more threats than ever on the Vatican, is the pontiff making a dangerous mistake?Is The Pope Unprotected Now That He’s Fired the Head of the Swiss Guards?|Barbie Latza Nadeau|December 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He was released in 2010, and now wants to meet Pope Francis when the pontiff visits Turkey next week.
First, in his opening remarks yesterday, the pontiff towed a much more conservative line than his legion of new fans might expect.
He removed the final f from bailiff, mastiff, plaintiff and pontiff, but left it in distaff.The American Language|Henry L. Mencken
There is already open war between the Pontiff and the French.Letters of John Calvin, Volume II (of 4)|Jules Bonnet
The missive, however, never reached the pontiff to whom it was addressed.The Swedish Revolution Under Gustavus Vasa|Paul Barron Watson
"Obedience is holiness," the Pontiff said at last, with a sweep of his hand.The Hill of Venus|Nathan Gallizier
The sequel proved that the Pontiff was wiser than the Vicar.The Jesuits, 1534-1921|Thomas J. Campbell
Word Origin for pontiff
c.1600, "high priest," from French pontif (early 16c.), from Latin pontifex, title of a Roman high priest (see pontifex). Used for "bishop" in Church Latin, but not recorded in that sense in English until 1670s, specifically "the bishop of Rome," the pope. Pontifical, however, is used with this sense from mid-15c.