pa·​pal | \ ˈpā-pəl How to pronounce papal (audio) \

Definition of papal

: of or relating to a pope or to the Roman Catholic Church also : resembling a pope or that of a pope

Other Words from papal

papally \ ˈpā-​pə-​lē How to pronounce papal (audio) \ adverb

Examples of papal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to the principal spokesman for the papal visit, the Vatican is collaborating with the Canadian bishops to prepare a statement renouncing the doctrine. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, 30 July 2022 For decades, Beyoncé has worked meticulously to project a near-papal sense of calm and control. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 29 July 2022 As for the papal visit, community preparations have been low-key. Rob Gillies And David Crary, Anchorage Daily News, 28 July 2022 Martha Mwavit, a member of the Saint-Esprit Parish choir, said the singers had spent two months rehearsing songs for the papal Mass in Goma. Nicole Winfield, ajc, 10 June 2022 This sentiment appeared to resonate with the crowd at the papal mass at Franso Hariri stadium in Erbil. Tamara Qiblawi, CNN, 8 Mar. 2021 The Met’s staff raised their smartphones like at a rock concert or a papal mass. Jason Farago, New York Times, 4 Mar. 2021 Indigenous leaders have long called for a papal apology for the harm inflicted for decades on Indigenous children, who suffered abuse and the erasure of Indigenous culture in the country's residential schools. Jack Guy, CNN, 25 July 2022 Among the commission’s 94 calls to action was a formal papal apology on Canadian soil. Chico Harlan, Washington Post, 23 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of papal

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for papal

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin papalis, from Late Latin papa

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10 Aug 2022

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“Papal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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