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  1. the ranking priest in a cathedral of the Eastern Church.
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Origin of protopope

1655–65; < Russian protopóp < Late Greek protopapâs. See proto-, pope
Also called protopresbyter.
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Historical Examples of protopope

  • One day I entered it, when the protopope, or dean, was baptizing an infant.

    The Baptist Magazine, Vol. 27, January, 1835


  • Then, hurriedly going up to the protopope, whispered something in his ear.

  • Under Peter's father one of the Raskol leaders, the protopope Avvakum, denounced "these bold-faced" men—bold-faced meaning shaven.