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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The retired pope’s words are in striking contrast with the Vatican’s policy under Pope Francis, which has increasingly emphasized the rights of the accused and reduced punishments for abusers on appeal. ... Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Retired Pope Blames Child Abuse Scandal on the 1960s Sexual Revolution," 11 Apr. 2019 Yet many flocked to Francis’ afternoon Mass in a Rabat sports stadium Sunday with the hope that the pope’s visit would compel Moroccan authorities to be more tolerant of religious diversity. Amira El Masaiti, The Seattle Times, "Pope tells Moroccans “we are brothers and sisters”," 31 Mar. 2019 The latter is from Jesus and was the motto of Pope John Paul II, the Polish pope. Palko Karasz, New York Times, "‘Billy Elliot’ Musical Branded Gay Propaganda in Hungary; Cancellations Follow," 22 June 2018 Had the honour of signing with her for pope john paul in the Vatican many years ago. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Cranberries lead singer Dolores O’Riordan dead at 46," 15 Jan. 2018 The pope agreed to launch one, but then proceeded to drag his feet on the matter. Anne Thériault, Longreads, "Queens of Infamy: Joanna of Naples," 3 July 2018 The pope spoke as Trump's policy continued to draw condemnation across U.S. society and around the world. Chico Harlan And William Branigin, Houston Chronicle, "Pope Francis criticizes Trump's family-separation policy, says 'populism is not the solution'," 20 June 2018 The pope also voiced his support for immigrants on Twitter Wednesday morning. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Pope Francis Just Criticized Trump's Immigration Policy Separating Migrant Children From Their Parents," 20 June 2018 The nation’s Ukrainian bishops will nominate three candidates to succeed Soroka, and the pope will make the final decision. Kristin E. Holmes, Philly.com, "The archbishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Philadelphia retires and goes home," 10 June 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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