What does the word patriarch mean?

Usage examples for patriarch

  1. The patriarch will coincide with me." – The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  2. Their one test for all men and things, from the patriarch to the prefect, seemed to be- did he or it advance the cause of the Church? – Hypatia or, New Foes with an Old Face by Charles Kingsley