of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a pontiff
pompous, dogmatic, or pretentious: to resent someone's pontifical manner.
(in the Western Church) a book containing the forms for the sacraments and other rites and ceremonies to be performed by bishops.
the vestments and other insignia of a pontiff
, especially a bishop.
Origin: 1350–1400; Middle English Related forms
< Latin pontificālis,
equivalent to pontific-
(stem of pontifex
+ -ālis -al1