pope

noun
\ ˈpōp How to pronounce pope (audio) \

Definition of pope

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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)
3a : the Eastern Orthodox or Coptic patriarch of Alexandria
b : a priest of an Eastern church

Pope

biographical name (1)
\ ˈpōp How to pronounce Pope (audio) \

Definition of Pope (Entry 2 of 3)

Alexander 1688–1744 English poet

Pope

biographical name (2)

Definition of Pope (Entry 3 of 3)

John 1822–1892 American general

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Other Words from pope

Biographical name (1)

Popian or less commonly Popean \ ˈpō-​pē-​ən How to pronounce Popean (audio) \ adjective

Examples of pope in a Sentence

Noun

The cardinals elected a new pope.

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In the magnificent room next door, a sixteenth-century pope once came to meet with his family. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Inside the Private World of Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli," 3 Mar. 2019 The pope has now done an about-face and is bringing the rest of the church leadership along with him at the extraordinary summit. Nicole Winfield, The Seattle Times, "Pope strives to fight cleric sex abuse with Vatican summit," 20 Feb. 2019 Francis, history’s first Latin American pope, has made many of the same mistakes. Nicole Winfield, The Seattle Times, "Pope strives to fight cleric sex abuse with Vatican summit," 20 Feb. 2019 The archbishop’s accusations test the pope’s credibility in particular with regard to the McCarrick case. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Pope Faces Crisis of Credibility Over Coverup Accusations," 27 Aug. 2018 The pope also should be admonishing the leaders of these countries for not doing enough to... WSJ, "Pope Should Address Bad Governments’ Refugee Role," 31 Jan. 2019 The pope’s visit to Panama, which began on Wednesday, is likely to underline the crucial role the church has played aiding thousands in the region on their trek northward to the U.S. border. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Pope Brings Pro-Migrant Message to Central America," 24 Jan. 2019 The pope has declined to respond to the accusations. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Vatican Aims to Expedite Trial of U.S. Archbishop," 5 Jan. 2019 The trip, featuring Francis' fondness for countries on the periphery, will be a welcome break for the Argentine pope. Nicole Winfield And Maria Grazia Murru, Fox News, "Pope begins Baltics pilgrimage as Russia threat looms large," 22 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of pope

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pope

Noun

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

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pope

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pope

: the head of the Roman Catholic Church

pope

noun, often capitalized
\ ˈpōp How to pronounce pope (audio) \

Kids Definition of pope

: the head of the Roman Catholic Church

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