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English noun: patriarch

1. patriarch (person) title for the heads of the Eastern Orthodox Churches (in Istanbul and Alexandria and Moscow and Jerusalem)

Broader (hypernym)spiritual leader

Instance hyponymNestorius, Photius

2. patriarch (person) the male head of family or tribe


Broader (hypernym)adult male, head of household, man

3. patriarch (person) any of the early biblical characters regarded as fathers of the human race

Broader (hypernym)father, forefather, sire

Narrower (hyponym)antediluvian, antediluvian patriarch, Jacob, Simeon

Instance hyponymAbraham, Benjamin, Ibrahim, Isaac, Ishmael, Issachar, Joseph, Judah, Methuselah, Noah, Reuben

4. patriarch (person) a man who is older and higher in rank than yourself

Broader (hypernym)graybeard, greybeard, Methuselah, old man

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