Definitions for "Patriarch"
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.
A dignitary superior to the order of archbishops; as, the patriarch of Constantinople, of Alexandria, or of Antioch.
The title of the Jewish leaders in Judea. A title given to a Christian bishop
Keywords:  oldest, clan, arch, tri, male
pa·tri·arch The oldest member or representative of a group.
oldest male who is head of a family or clan
Title of a wealthy landowner of the Uppsalian Empire.
Keywords:  disambiguation, senses, see
For other senses, see Patriarch (disambiguation).
A venerable old man; an elder. Also used figuratively.
the founder of a school and his successors in the transmission of its teaching.
Keywords:  yourself, rank, older, higher, man
a man who is older and higher in rank than yourself
Keywords:  encountered, god, man, personally
a man who has personally encountered God