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From Ancient Greek πρωτόπαπας (prōtópapas); see proto- +‎ pope.


protopope (plural protopopes)

  1. One of the clergy of first rank in the lower order of secular clergy; an archpriest.


Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for protopope in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)