pontifex

noun
pon·ti·fex | \ ˈpän-tə-ˌfeks \
plural pontifices\pän-ˈti-fə-ˌsēz \

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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