1. [syn: pope, Catholic Pope, Roman Catholic Pope, pontiff, Holy Father, Vicar of Christ, Bishop of Rome]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Pontiff \Pon"tiff\, n. [F. pontife, L. pontifex, -ficis; pons,
pontis, a bridge (perhaps originally, a way, path) + facere
to make. Cf. Pontoon.]
A high priest. Especially:
(a) One of the sacred college, in ancient Rome, which had the
supreme jurisdiction over all matters of religion, at the
head of which was the Pontifex Maximus. --Dr. W. Smith.
(b) (Jewish Antiq.) The chief priest.
(c) (R. C. Ch.) The pope.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the head of the Roman Catholic Church [syn: pope,
Catholic Pope, Roman Catholic Pope, pontiff, Holy
Father, Vicar of Christ, Bishop of Rome]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
36 Moby Thesaurus words for "pontiff":
Grand Penitentiary, Holy Father, abuna, antipope, archbishop,
archdeacon, archpriest, bishop, bishop coadjutor, canon, cardinal,
cardinal bishop, cardinal deacon, cardinal priest, chaplain,
coadjutor, curate, dean, diocesan, ecclesiarch, exarch, hierarch,
high priest, metropolitan, papa, patriarch, penitentiary, pope,
prebendary, prelate, primate, rector, rural dean, subdean,