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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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n. - The head of the Roman Catholic Church.

Usage examples (29)
  • FESSIO: Well, yes, pontiff comes from the Latin word "pontifex," which means a builder of a bridge.
  • Bulgarian king and the Roman pontiff is inscribed in the Gesta
  • The resting place of the first pontiff is surrounded by coffins of many of his successors, joined Friday by John Paul.
  • Bruno confines his use of the word pontiff to three of the final sections on priestly vestments: Quid pallium significet, De vittis, and De summo pontifice. for more
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