- the ranking priest in a cathedral of the Eastern Church.
Origin of protopope
Also called protopresbyter.
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Examples from the Web for protopope
One day I entered it, when the protopope, or dean, was baptizing an infant.
Then, hurriedly going up to the protopope, whispered something in his ear.The Green Book
Under Peter's father one of the Raskol leaders, the protopope Avvakum, denounced "these bold-faced" men—bold-faced meaning shaven.