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- n. A bishop or patriarch of certain states or regions of the ancient Near East; now specifically, the patriarch of the Armenian Apostolic Church.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The spiritual head of the Armenian church, who resides at Etchmiadzin, Russia, and has ecclesiastical jurisdiction over, and consecrates the holy oil for, the Armenians of Russia, Turkey, and Persia, including the Patriarchs of Constantinople, Jerusalem, and Sis.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the later Roman empire, a receiver-general or deputy-receiver in a civil diocese.
- n. Eccles., in Oriental countries: A primate having under him metropolitans, but himself subject to a patriarch.
- n. The head of an independent or schismatic communion.
- n. Also called catholic.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the ecclesiastical title of the leaders of the Nestorian and Armenian churches
From Ancient Greek καθολικός. (Wiktionary)