What does the word pontifical mean?

Usage examples for pontifical

  1. Then came the twelve men carrying the gold pontifical chair in which the Pope was seated; they walked very solemnly and slowly. – The Sunny Side of Diplomatic Life, 1875-1912 by Lillie DeHegermann-Lindencrone
  2. And yet the Pontifical State is the only one in Europe in which the barbarous practice of placing a price upon a man's head is still in use. – The Roman Question by Edmond About
  3. I had not yet understood on what account, when some one called my attention to the light which was shining through the window- blinds at the farthest end of the Pontifical Palace. – Pius IX. And His Time by The Rev. Æneas MacDonell Dawson