from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In the Gr. Ch., a chief priest; a priest of superior rank, corresponding nearly to a dean or an archdeacon.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Gr. Ch.) A protopope.
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- noun religion A
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Roughly the titles archpriest (archipresbyteros), protopriest (protoiereus, protopresbyteros), protopope (protopapas) may be taken as meaning; the same thing, though they have occasionally been distinguished.
Under the Venetian domination the schismatics were dependent on a protopapas who in turn depended on the Patriachate of Constantinople.