ecumenical patriarch

noun, often capitalized E&P

Definition of ecumenical patriarch

: the patriarch of Constantinople as the dignitary given first honor in the Eastern Orthodox Church

Examples of ecumenical patriarch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Against Russian opposition, the ecumenical patriarch of Constantinople, to which Ukraine had been loyal until 1686, recognized the Ukrainian church. Jason Horowitz,, 4 July 2019

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First Known Use of ecumenical patriarch

1862, in the meaning defined above

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