Patriarch

Definition of Patriarch

Pa´tri`arch   Pronunciation: pā´trĭ`ärk
n.1.The father and ruler of a family; one who governs his family or descendants by paternal right; - usually applied to heads of families in ancient history, especially in Biblical and Jewish history to those who lived before the time of Moses.
2.(R. C. Ch. & Gr. Ch.) A dignitary superior to the order of archbishops; as, the patriarch of Constantinople, of Alexandria, or of Antioch.
3.A venerable old man; an elder. Also used figuratively.
The patriarch hoary, the sage of his kith and the hamlet.
- Longfellow.
The monarch oak, the partiarch of trees.
- Dryde.

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