- 1The male head of a family or tribe.More example sentences
- The family patriarch makes all decisions regarding living arrangements, children's marriages, and money.
- Is he not supposed to be a patriarch to his extended family?
- The consequences - offending the family patriarch and causing the family financial hardship - are considered too large for the sake of a girl.
- 1.2A person or thing that is regarded as the founder of something: the patriarch of all spin doctorsMore example sentences
- The death of three national patriarchs within such a short time has always been a suggestive theme.
- He is the patriarch of a small, informally organized group engaged in psycho-historical studies.
- 2Any of those biblical figures regarded as fathers of the human race, especially Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, their forefathers, or the sons of Jacob.More example sentences
- Both Jews and Muslims consider the biblical patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph as spiritual ancestors.
- Our Sages attribute the origin of our three daily prayer services to our patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
- The biblical patriarch Jacob mourned over his son Joseph for 22 years, mistakenly believing that he had been killed by a wild animal.
- 3The title of a most senior Orthodox or Catholic bishop, in particular.More example sentences
- While the Pope may speak unilaterally with an authority binding on his whole church, no single bishop or patriarch within Orthodoxy has such authority or such a voice.
- They have been requesting the title of patriarch for the head of their church, and some church officials are already using this title internally.
- Although Orthodoxy could not accept Roman claims to jurisdiction over all churches, it could accept the bishop of Rome as first among equal patriarchs.
- 3.1A bishop of one of the most ancient Christian sees (Alexandria, Antioch, Constantinople, Jerusalem, and formerly Rome).More example sentences
- Christians there worshipped in Greek and were subject to the patriarch of Alexandria.
- The former, a patriarch of Alexandria, could be hardly suspected of partiality to the enemies of Christianity.
- The most powerful church leaders were the bishop of Rome, called the pope, in the West and the patriarch of Constantinople in the East.
- 3.2The head of an autocephalous or independent Orthodox church.More example sentences
- The tsar was autocrat by divine right, sustained by the endorsement of the autonomous Orthodox church under its patriarch.
- It was named after Evtimii Turnovski, a renowned religious and literary figure who lived during the Second Bulgarian Kingdom and was a patriarch of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church from 1375 to 1393.
- The alternative synod representatives said they would ask for the summoning of a church-people's council to elect a legitimate patriarch of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church.
- 3.3A Roman Catholic bishop ranking above primates and metropolitans and immediately below the pope, often the head of a Uniate community.More example sentences
- In 1953 he was made a cardinal and appointed patriarch of Venice.
- When monasteries die out, the patriarch sells the property cheaply to pay his bills.
- If Roncalli had died as patriarch of Venice, he certainly would not be widely remembered today.
Middle English: from Old French patriarche, via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek patriarkhēs, from patria 'family' + arkhēs 'ruling'.