- Judaism A chief priest, especially of the ancient Levitical priesthood. By tradition this office was restricted to men. (noun)
- Mormon Church A priest of the Melchizedek order. By tradition this office is restricted to men. (noun)
- The head or chief proponent, as of a movement or doctrine. (noun)
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