[ pey-puh l ]
/ ˈpeɪ pəl /


of or relating to the pope or the papacy: a papal visit to Canada.
of or relating to the Roman Catholic Church.

Origin of papal

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Medieval Latin word pāpālis. See pope, -al1
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British Dictionary definitions for papal


/ (ˈpeɪpəl) /


of or relating to the pope or the papacy
Derived Formspapally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for papal



late 14c., from Old French papal (late 14c.) and directly from Medieval Latin papalis "pertaining to the pope," from papa (see pope).

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