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patriarch

noun [C] uk   /ˈpeɪ.tri.ɑːk/  us   /-ɑːrk/

patriarch noun [C] (RELIGION)

a bishop in certain Eastern Churches

patriarch noun [C] (SOCIETY)

the male leader of a family
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