pope

[ pohp ]
/ poʊp /

noun

(often initial capital letter) the bishop of Rome as head of the Roman Catholic Church.
(in the early Christian church) a bishop.
a person considered as having or assuming authority or a position similar to that of the Roman Catholic pope.
the title of the Coptic patriarch of Alexandria.
Eastern Church.
  1. the Orthodox patriarch of Alexandria.
  2. (in certain churches) a parish priest.

Origin of pope

before 900; Middle English; Old English pāpa < Late Latin: bishop, pope < Late Greek pápas bishop, priest, variant of páppas father; see papa

Related forms

pope·less, adjectivepope·like, adjective

Definition for pope (2 of 3)

Pope

[ pohp ]
/ poʊp /

noun

Alexander,1688–1744, English poet.
John,1822–92, Union general in the U.S. Civil War.
John Russell,1874–1937, U.S. architect.

Definition for pope (3 of 3)

Popé

[ poh-pey ]
/ poʊˈpeɪ /

noun

died 1690?, Pueblo medicine man: led rebellion against the Spanish 1680.
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British Dictionary definitions for pope (1 of 3)

pope

1
/ (pəʊp) /

noun

(often capital) the bishop of Rome as head of the Roman Catholic ChurchRelated adjective: papal
Eastern Orthodox Church
  1. a title sometimes given to a parish priest
  2. a title sometimes given to the Greek Orthodox patriarch of Alexandria
a person assuming or having a status or authority resembling that of a pope

Word Origin for pope

Old English papa, from Church Latin: bishop, esp of Rome, from Late Greek papas father-in-God, from Greek pappas father

British Dictionary definitions for pope (2 of 3)

pope

2
/ (pəʊp) /

noun

another name for ruffe

British Dictionary definitions for pope (3 of 3)

Pope

/ (pəʊp) /

noun

Alexander. 1688–1744, English poet, regarded as the most brilliant satirist of the Augustan period, esp with his Imitations of Horace (1733–38). His technical virtuosity is most evident in The Rape of the Lock (1712–14). Other works include The Dunciad (1728; 1742), the Moral Essays (1731–35), and An Essay on Man (1733–34)
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Culture definitions for pope

pope


The head of the Roman Catholic Church. The pope is believed by his church to be the successor to the Apostle Peter. He is bishop of Rome and lives in a tiny nation within Rome called the Vatican. Catholics believe that when the pope speaks officially on matters of faith and morals, he speaks infallibly (see papal infallibility). (See also John XXIII and John Paul II.)

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