Definition of pontiff noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

pontiff

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈpɒntɪf//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːntɪf//
 
(formal) Religious people
 
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the Pope (= the leader of the Roman Catholic Church) See related entries: Religious people Word Origin late 17th cent. (denoting an early Christian bishop): from French pontife, from Latin pontifex, from pons, pont- ‘bridge’ + -fex from facere ‘make’.
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