pontiff

noun pon·tiff \ ˈpän-təf \
Updated on: 9 Dec 2017

Definition of pontiff

1 : pontifex
2 : bishop; specificallyoften capitalized : pope 1

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Origin and Etymology of pontiff

French pontif, from Latin pontific-, pontifex

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