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Latin pontificalis.


pontifical (comparative more pontifical, superlative most pontifical)

  1. Of or pertaining to a pontiff.
    1. Of or pertaining to a bishop; episcopal.
    2. Of or pertaining to a pope; papal.
  2. Pompous, dignified or dogmatic.
  3. Of or pertaining to the pontifices of Ancient Rome.
  4. Of or relating to the building of bridges.
    • Milton
      Now had they brought the work by wondrous art / Pontifical, a ridge of pendent rock / Over the vexed abyss.

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pontifical (plural pontificals)

  1. A book containing the offices, or formulas, used by a pontiff.
    • 1995, Richard A. Jackson, Ordines coronationis Franciae: texts and ordines for the coronation of Frankish and French kings and queens in the Middle Ages, page 30:
      Both ordines are related to an ordo in a pontifical in Reims, the Ordo of 1200 (Ordo XIX). The latter was to be consulted again and again, and its formulas were to have a marked effect upon the French ceremony; []
    • 2001, Leon F. Strieder, The Promise of Obedience: A Ritual History, page 32:
      William Durandus, bishop of Mende in the south of France, compiled a pontifical in three books. William never intended his work to be a universal pontifical, but its clarity of arrangement and quality of substance, along with []

Usage notes[edit]

The plural, pontificals, refers to "the vestments of a bishop".



pontifical (feminine singular pontificale, masculine plural pontificaux, feminine plural pontificales)

  1. pontifical

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pontifical (plural pontificales)

  1. pontifical