(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.
the Orthodox patriarch of Alexandria.
(in certain churches) a parish priest.

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

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


died 1690?, Pueblo medicine man: led rebellion against the Spanish 1680.
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pope1 (pəʊp)
1.  (often capital) the bishop of Rome as head of the Roman Catholic ChurchRelated: papal
2.  Eastern Orthodox Church
 a.  a title sometimes given to a parish priest
 b.  a title sometimes given to the Greek Orthodox patriarch of Alexandria
3.  a person assuming or having a status or authority resembling that of a pope
Related: papal
[Old English papa, from Church Latin: bishop, esp of Rome, from Late Greek papas father-in-God, from Greek pappas father]

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Pope (pəʊp)
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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O.E. papa, from M.L. papa "bishop, pope" (in classical L., "tutor"), from Gk. papas "patriarch, bishop," originally "father." Applied to bishops of Asia Minor and taken as a title by the Bishop of Alexandria c.250. In Western Church, applied especially to the Bishop of Rome since the time of Leo the
Great (440-461) and claimed exclusively by them from 1073. Popemobile, his car, is from 1979. Papal, papacy, later acquisitions in Eng., preserve the original vowel. Popery (1534) was a hostile coinage of the Reformation.
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pope definition

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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Champagne had also offended louis by siding with the pope in the dispute over
It was not reserved for the pope until the thirteenth century.
He was the last pope to be elected from outside the college of cardinals.
He also maintained good relationship with the pope, marrying one of his nieces.
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