from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A man on the highest council of priests in ancient Rome.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A high priest; a pontiff.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Roman antiquity, a member of the principal college of priests who was not assigned to the service of any particular god, but performed general functions of the state religion. The chief of the pontifices was styled pontifex maximus, and was ex officio the highest religious authority in the state.
- n. Eccles., a bishop; specifically, the Pope.
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- n. a member of the highest council of priests in ancient Rome
Latin; see pent- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)