from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A man who rules a family, clan, or tribe.
- n. Bible One of the antediluvian progenitors of the human race, from Adam to Noah.
- n. Bible Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, or any of Jacob's 12 sons, the eponymous progenitors of the 12 tribes of Israel.
- n. Used formerly as a title for the bishops of Rome, Constantinople, Jerusalem, Antioch, and Alexandria.
- n. Roman Catholic Church A bishop who holds the highest episcopal rank after the pope.
- n. Eastern Orthodox Church Any one of the bishops of the sees of Constantinople, Antioch, Alexandria, Moscow, and Jerusalem who has authority over other bishops.
- n. Judaism The head of the Sanhedrin in Syrian Palestine from about 180 B.C. to A.D. 429.
- n. Mormon Church A high dignitary of the priesthood empowered to invoke blessings.
- n. One who is regarded as the founder or original head of an enterprise, organization, or tradition.
- n. A very old, venerable man; an elder.
- n. The oldest member of a group: the patriarch of the herd.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An old leader of a village or community.
- n. The male head of a tribal line or family.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The father and ruler of a family; one who governs his family or descendants by paternal right; -- usually applied to heads of families in ancient history, especially in Biblical and Jewish history to those who lived before the time of Moses.
- n. A dignitary superior to the order of archbishops.
- n. A venerable old man; an elder. Also used figuratively.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The father and ruler of a family; one who governs by paternal right; specifically, one of the progenitors of the Israelites—Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and the sons of Jacob; also, one of those Biblical personages who were heads of families before the deluge: the latter are termed antediluvian patriarchs.
- n. Hence In subsequent Jewish history, one of the heads of the Sanhedrim after the destruction of Jerusalem and the dispersion, the patriarch of the Western Jews residing in Palestine, that of the Eastern in Babylon.
- n. In the early church, and in the Orthodox Greek and other Oriental churches, a bishop of the highest rank; in the Roman Catholic Church, a bishop of the highest rank next after the Pope.
- n. One of the highest dignitaries in the Mormon Church, who pronounces the blessing of the church. Also called evangelist.
- n. A venerable old man; hence, figuratively, any object of patriarchal or venerable aspect.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the male head of family or tribe
- n. a man who is older and higher in rank than yourself
- n. any of the early biblical characters regarded as fathers of the human race
- n. title for the heads of the Eastern Orthodox Churches (in Istanbul and Alexandria and Moscow and Jerusalem)
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.
Their prayers and sermons excited the people against the impious Barbarians; and the patriarch is accused of declaring, that the faithful might obtain the redemption of all their sins by the extirpation of the schismatics.
By subtracting the year of birth of one patriarch from the year of death of another patriarch, we can see that the second was still living when the first was born.
Taste's — "Noah the patriarch is said to be the inventor of wine; it is a liquor made from the fruit of the vine" 3 — whose banality and insufficiency he proceeds to devote several paragraphs to mocking:
Testament patriarch is replaced in Paër by the father as a forgiving Christ-figure, a shepherd seeking his lost lambs, not a vengeful diety.
Ont he way in we called the patriarch and told he we would be late.
The word patriarch as applied to Biblical personages comes from the
Isaac gave up the ghost -- The death of this venerable patriarch is here recorded by anticipation for it did not take place till fifteen years after Joseph's disappearance.