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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


Synonymspaterfamilias


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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