Definition of "patriarch" []

  • A man who rules a family, clan, or tribe. (noun)
  • Bible One of the antediluvian progenitors of the human race, from Adam to Noah. (noun)
  • Bible Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, or any of Jacob's 12 sons, the eponymous progenitors of the 12 tribes of Israel. (noun)
  • Used formerly as a title for the bishops of Rome, Constantinople, Jerusalem, Antioch, and Alexandria. (noun)
  • Roman Catholic Church A bishop who holds the highest episcopal rank after the pope. (noun)
  • The male head of a tribe or family (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A very old or venerable man (noun)
  • Any of a number of persons regarded as the fathers of the human race, divided into the antediluvian patriarchs, from Adam to Noah, and the postdiluvian, from Noah to Abraham (noun)
  • Any of the three ancestors of the Hebrew people: Abraham, Isaac, or Jacob (noun)
  • Any of Jacob's twelve sons, regarded as the ancestors of the twelve tribes of Israel (noun)
  • The bishop of one of several principal sees, esp those of Rome, Antioch, and Alexandria (noun)
  • The bishops of the four ancient principal sees of Constantinople, Antioch, Alexandria, and Jerusalem, and also of Russia, Romania, and Serbia, the bishop of Constantinople (the ecumenical Patriarch) being highest in dignity among these (noun)
  • A title given to the pope (noun)
  • A title given to a number of bishops, esp of the Uniat Churches, indicating their rank as immediately below that of the pope (noun)
  • The head of the Coptic, Armenian, Syrian Jacobite, or Nestorian Churches, and of certain other non-Orthodox Churches in the East (noun)
  • The oldest or most venerable member of a group, community, etc (noun)
  • A person regarded as the founder of a community, tradition, etc (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "patriarch" in a sentence
  • "The first of these Jacobite bishops (they did not take the title patriarch) of"
  • "Katholikos of Echmiadzin gave the Armenian Bishop of Jerusalem the right to consecrate chrism; thereupon the bishop assumed the title patriarch and began ordaining bishops."
  • "The head of the Cypriot Church has never had the title patriarch, but only that of Archbishop."