from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In the later Roman empire, a receiver-general or deputy-receiver in a civil diocese.
  • noun Eccles., in Oriental countries: A primate having under him metropolitans, but himself subject to a patriarch.
  • noun The head of an independent or schismatic communion.
  • noun Also called catholic.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Eccl.) 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.

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  • noun Christianity A bishop or patriarch of certain states or regions of the ancient Near East; now specifically, the patriarch of the Armenian Apostolic Church.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the ecclesiastical title of the leaders of the Nestorian and Armenian churches


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From Ancient Greek καθολικός.


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