Definition of pontificial in English:

pontificial

adjective

  • 1Of, relating to, or belonging to a high-ranking cleric, especially the Pope.

  • 2Stately; lordly, imperious; depreciative haughty, arrogant, pompous.

Origin

Late 16th century; earliest use found in John Harington (bap. 1560, d. 1612), courtier and author. From classical Latin pontificius of or relating to a pontifex + -al. With use as adjective compare pontifical and pontifician. With use as noun compare pontifical and pontifician.

Pronunciation

pontificial

/ˌpɒntɪˈfɪʃl/