pope

noun
\ˈpōp \

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 \

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 \ adjective

Examples of pope in a Sentence

Noun

The cardinals elected a new pope.

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No longer ruled by the Habsburg king or obedient to the pope, the Dutch were a Protestant republic — fiercely independent and proud. Rick Steves' Europe, The Seattle Times, "Specialized tours enrich travel," 14 Nov. 2018 The pope, while leader of the entire Roman Catholic church, also serves as Rome’s top bishop. Frances D'emilio, USA TODAY, "Pope Francis to create 14 new cardinals in June," 20 May 2018 The director is clearly an admirer of Francis (both the saint and the pope), and was able to conduct extensive and exclusive interviews with the pontiff. Walter Addiego, Houston Chronicle, "In documentary, Pope Francis urges ‘‘a poor church for the poor’," 19 May 2018 The pope concluded by greeting the faithful in St. Peter's Square, getting out of the popemobile to shake hands as many cheered and took pictures. CBS News, "Pope Francis says young people should raise their voices in Palm Sunday address," 25 Mar. 2018 The lower middle class in Western and Asian industrialized societies today has a higher living standard than the pope and the emperors of a few centuries back, in every dimension. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Human history, in one chart," 8 Nov. 2018 Guests rose to the occasion at the annual gala with Rihanna dressing as the pope and Katy Perry as an angle (wings and all). Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "21 Years of Met Gala Themes: A Look Back at Many First Mondays in May," 9 Oct. 2018 Sardinia's far-right governor, Paolo Truzzo, a Brothers of Italy leader, gave the award to the father, who recounted the drama of his son and who thanked, among others, the pope and the party's leader, Giorgia Meloni, for their support. Fox News, "Bannon dubs the far-right Europe's "new elite" patriots," 22 Sep. 2018 Two top Vatican officials will also receive the honor of joining churchmen who vote for new popes in secret conclaves. Frances D'emilio, USA TODAY, "Pope Francis to create 14 new cardinals in June," 20 May 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 \

Kids Definition of pope

: the head of the Roman Catholic Church

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