pontifex

noun
pon·​ti·​fex | \ ˈpän-tə-ˌfeks How to pronounce pontifex (audio) \
plural pontifices\ pän-​ˈti-​fə-​ˌsēz How to pronounce pontifex (audio) \

Definition of pontifex

: a member of the council of priests in ancient Rome

First Known Use of pontifex

1579, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pontifex

Latin pontific-, pontifex, from pont-, pons bridge + facere to make — more at find, do

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“Pontifex.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pontifex. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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