Old Norse Dictionary - höfuð-prestr

Meaning of Old Norse word "höfuð-prestr" (or hǫfuð-prestr) in English.

As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:

höfuð-prestr (hǫfuð-prestr)
m. a ‘chief priest,’ the priest of a höfuðkirkja, H. E. i. 474, 655 ii. 1, D. N. passim, N. G. L. i. 378, 390: a chief priest, high priest, N. T.

Orthography: The Cleasby & Vigfusson book used letter ö to represent the original Old Norse vowel ǫ. Therefore, höfuð-prestr may be more accurately written as hǫfuð-prestr.

Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᚼᚢᚠᚢᚦ-ᛒᚱᛁᛋᛏᚱ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements

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Works & Authors cited:

D. N.
Diplomatarium Norvagicum. (J. II.)
H. E.
Historia Ecclesiastica Islandiae. (J. I.)
N. G. L.
Norges Gamle Love. (B. II.)
N. T.
New Testament.
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