Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

pontiff

play
noun pon·tiff \ˈpän-təf\

Definition of pontiff

  1. 1 :  pontifex

  2. 2 :  bishop; specifically often capitalized :  pope 1



Origin of pontiff

French pontif, from Latin pontific-, pontifex


First Known Use: 1626

Other Christian Religious Terms


Learn More about pontiff


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up pontiff? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

tending to dismiss important matters

Get Word of the Day daily email!