Definition of pontiff in English:


Syllabification: pon·tiff
Pronunciation: /ˈpäntəf
(also sovereign or supreme pontiff)


  • The pope.
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    • The Vatican said the pontiff has been cured of the flu-related breathing problems that landed him there.
    • The Pope made history yesterday by becoming the first pontiff to cross the Tiber to address the Italian parliament.
    • The last pope to hold the name of Benedict was an Italian whose reign from 1914 to 1922 encompassed World War I.


late 17th century: from French pontife, from Latin pontifex (see pontifex).

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