pope

noun \ ˈpōp \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of pope

1 often capitalized :a prelate who as bishop of Rome is the head of the Roman Catholic Church
2 :one that resembles a pope (as in authority)
3 a :the Eastern Orthodox or Coptic patriarch of Alexandria
b :a priest of an Eastern church

Examples of pope in a Sentence

  1. The cardinals elected a new pope.

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Origin and Etymology of pope

Middle English, from Old English pāpa, from Late Latin papa, from Greek pappas, papas, title of bishops, literally, papa


Pope

biographical name \ ˈpōp \

Definition of Pope

Alexander 1688–1744 English poet

Popian

also Popean play \ˈpō-pē-ən\ adjective

Pope

biographical name

Definition of Pope

John 1822–1892 American general

POPE Defined for English Language Learners

pope

noun

Definition of pope for English Language Learners

  • : the head of the Roman Catholic Church


POPE Defined for Kids

pope

noun, often capitalized \ ˈpōp \

Definition of pope for Students

:the head of the Roman Catholic Church


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