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Definition of patriarch noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1the male head of a family or community compare matriarch
  2. 2an old man that people have a lot of respect for
  3. 3Patriarch the title of a most senior bishop (= a senior priest) in the Orthodox or Roman Catholic Church the Patriarch of Constantinople the Orthodox Patriarch
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: patriarch