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[kuh-thol-i-kuh s, -kos] /kəˈθɒl ɪ kəs, -ˌkɒs/
noun, plural catholicoses, catholicoi
[kuh-thol-i-koi] /kəˈθɒl ɪˌkɔɪ/ (Show IPA)
(often initial capital letter) Eastern Church.
  1. any of the heads of certain autocephalous churches.
  2. (in some autocephalous churches) a primate subject to a patriarch and having authority over metropolitans.
(in the early Christian church) the head of monasteries in the same city.
Origin of catholicos
1615-25; < Late Greek katholikós, noun use of Greek adj.; see catholic Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for catholicos
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  • And the priest of the Christians is called "catholicos" in the Greek tongue, because he presides alone over the whole region.

  • Nec catholicos a libero religionis exercitio impediri debere, neque cuiquam ex his licere Lutheranismum amplecti.

  • Verissima relacion en que se da cuenta en el estado en que estan los catholicos de Inglaterra, ete Sevilla .

    Henrietta Maria Henrietta Haynes
  • Omnes Episcopi et theologi responderunt catholicos hoc non tenere.

    The History of Freedom John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
British Dictionary definitions for catholicos


the patriarch of the Armenian Church
Word Origin
C17: from Greek katholikos; see catholic
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