high priest

high priest
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [hahy preest]
    • /haɪ prist/
    • /haɪ priːst/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [hahy preest]
    • /haɪ prist/

Definitions of high priest words

  • noun high priest a chief priest. 1
  • noun high priest Judaism. (from Aaronic times to about the 1st century a.d.) the priest ranking above all other priests and the only one permitted to enter the holy of holies. 1
  • noun high priest Informal. a person in a high position of power or influence, especially one who is revered as a preeminent authority or interpreter: the high priest of the young painters. 1
  • noun high priest religion: head priest 1
  • noun high priest leading figure 1
  • countable noun high priest If you call a man the high priest of a particular thing, you are saying in a slightly mocking way that he is considered by people to be expert in that thing. 0

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Origin of high priest

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; Middle English heiye prest

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high priest popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 31% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 60% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

high priest usage trend in Literature

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