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Noun: patriarch (patriarchs)  'pey-tree,aa(r)k
  1. Title for the heads of the Eastern Orthodox Churches (in Istanbul and Alexandria and Moscow and Jerusalem)
     
  2. The male head of family or tribe
    - paterfamilias
     
  3. Any of the early biblical characters regarded as fathers of the human race
     
  4. A man who is older and higher in rank than yourself

Derived forms: patriarchs

Type of: adult male, father, forefather, graybeard [US], greybeard [Brit, Cdn], head of household, man, Methuselah, old man, sire, spiritual leader

Encyclopedia: Patriarch