Meaning of patriarch
Pronunciation: (pā'trē-ärk"), [key]
- the male head of a family or tribal line.
- a person regarded as the father or founder of an order, class, etc.
- any of the very early Biblical personages regarded as the fathers of the human race, comprising those from Adam to Noahand those between the Deluge and the birth of Abraham.
- any of the three great progenitors of the Israelites: Abraham, Isaac, or Jacob.
- any of the sons of Jacobfrom whom the tribes of Israel were descended.
- (in the early Christian church) any of the bishops of any of the ancient sees of Alexandria, Antioch, Constantinople, Jerusalem, or Rome having authority over other bishops.
- the head of any of the ancient sees of Alexandria, Antioch, Constantinople, or Jerusalem, and sometimes including other sees of chief cities. Cf.
- the head of certain other churches in the East, as the Coptic, Nestorian, and Armenian churches, that are not in full communication with the ecumenical patriarch of Constantinople.
- the pope as patriarch of the West.
- any of certain bishops of the Eastern rites, as a head of an Eastern rite or a bishop of one of the ancient sees.
- the head of a Uniate church.
- Mormon Ch. any of the high dignitaries who pronounce the blessing of the church; Evangelist.
- one of the elders or leading older members of a community.
- a venerable old man.
- patriarch (Thesaurus)