/ (pɒnˈtɪfɪkəlz) /

pl n
  1. mainly RC Church the insignia and special vestments worn by a bishop, esp when celebrating High Mass

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How to use pontificals in a sentence

  • The royal confessor, the bishop of Cuena, arrayed in his pontificals, presided over the ceremonies.

  • When he arrived at the village of Mentana, he heard that the pontificals were close by, and he waited to give them battle.

    The Liberation of Italy | Countess Evelyn Martinengo-Cesaresco
  • The Pope wore his triple-crowned tiara, and was attended by three cardinals and two bishops in full pontificals.

    Historic Oddities | Sabine Baring-Gould
  • He was on that occasion mounted on horseback and arrayed in his pontificals.

  • On high festivals the statue is dressed up in full pontificals.

    Walks in Rome | Augustus J.C. Hare