Pronunciation: (pon-tif'i-kul),[key] —adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a pontiff; papal.
2. pompous, dogmatic, or pretentious: to resent someone's pontifical manner.
—n. 1. (in the Western Church) a book containing the forms for the sacraments and other rites and ceremonies to be performed by bishops.
2. pontificals,the vestments and other insignia of a pontiff, esp. a bishop.