patriarch

(noun)

noun

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

Definition categories: person

2. the male head of family or tribe

Similar word(s): paterfamilias

Definition categories: person, man

3. any of the early biblical characters regarded as fathers of the human race

Definition categories: person, father, forefather, sire

4. a man who is older and higher in rank than yourself

Definition categories: person, graybeard, greybeard