Definition of patriarch:
- A dignitary superior to the order of archbishops; as, the patriarch of Constantinople, of Alexandria, or of Antioch.
- A venerable old man; an elder. Also used figuratively.
- The father and ruler of a family; one who governs his family or descendants by paternal right; - usually applied to heads of families in ancient history, especially in Biblical and Jewish history to those who lived before the time of Moses.
- "My Life as an Author", Martin Farquhar Tupper.
- "Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930", Various.
Not that the identification of the accomplice had any real significance, since the man so ostentatiously picked out by the patriarch in court had been caught red- handed at the time of the robbery within a block of the saloon, was already under indictment as a co- defendant, and being out on bail had merely been brought in under a bench warrant and placed among the spectators.- "McAllister and His Double", Arthur Train.