Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Relating to, characteristic of, or suitable for a pontiff.
  • adjective Pompously dogmatic or self-important; pretentious.
  • noun The vestments and insignia of a bishop.
  • noun A book of forms for ceremonies performed by a bishop.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of, belonging to, or befitting a pontiff or high priest.
  • Of or pertaining to a bishop.
  • Of or pertaining to the Pope of Rome; papal; popish.
  • noun In liturgics, an office-book of the Western Church, containing the forms for the sacraments and other rites and ceremonies which can be performed only by a bishop (especially those for ordination, confirmation, and consecration of churches), the changes in the rubrics necessary when a bishop officiates, benedictions, and other forms, some of which can be used by priests who have received special commission from the bishop.
  • noun plural The insignia of a pontiff; the dress, ornaments, etc., of a bishop or pope, or, more loosely, those of a priest. See pontificalia.
  • noun A kind of ouch in use in the sixteenth century.
  • Of or pertaining to bridge-building.

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

  • noun A book containing the offices, or formulas, used by a pontiff.
  • noun The dress and ornaments of a pontiff.
  • adjective Of or pertaining to a pontiff, or high priest; ; hence, belonging to the pope; papal.
  • adjective rare Of or pertaining to the building of bridges.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to a pontiff.
  • adjective Pompous, dignified or dogmatic.
  • adjective Of or pertaining to the pontifices of Ancient Rome.
  • noun A book containing the offices, or formulas, used by a pontiff.

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

  • adjective proceeding from or ordered by or subject to a pope or the papacy regarded as the successor of the Apostles
  • adjective denoting or governed by or relating to a bishop or bishops
  • adjective puffed up with vanity
  • noun the vestments and other insignia of a pontiff (especially a bishop)

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin pontificālis, of a pontifex, from pontifex, pontific-, pontifex; see pontifex.]

Examples

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