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high priest

noun

Simple Definition of high priest

  • : a person (especially a man) who is a leader in a particular profession, subject, etc.

  • : an important priest in some religions

Full Definition of high priest

  1. 1 :  a chief priest especially of the ancient Jewish Levitical priesthood traditionally traced from Aaron

  2. 2 :  a priest of the Melchizedek priesthood in the Mormon Church

  3. 3 :  the head of a movement or chief exponent of a doctrine or an art

high priesthood noun

Examples of high priest

  1. <the high priest of tax relief for the state's property owners>

  2. <as the high priest of nouvelle cuisine, he was enormously influential in the food world>



14th Century

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14th century


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