- [oftenP-]R.C.Ch. the bishop of Rome and head of the Church
- a person regarded as having, or acting as though he has, popelike authority
- Eastern Orthodox Ch. a parish priest
Origin of popeMiddle English from Old English papa from LL(Ec), a bishop, pope from Ecclesiastical Greek papas, bishop from Classical Greek pappas: see papa
- 1688-1744; Eng. poet
- 1822-92; Union general in the Civil War
- often Pope Roman Catholic Church The bishop of Rome and head of the Roman Catholic Church.
- Eastern Orthodox Church The patriarch of Alexandria.
- The Coptic patriarch of Alexandria.
- The male head of some non-Christian religions: the Taoist pope.
- A person considered to have unquestioned authority: the pope of surrealism.
Origin of popeMiddle English from Old English pāpa from Late Latin from Latin father (title of bishops) from Greek pappās ; see papa in Indo-European roots.
- (Christianity) The bishop of Rome; the head of the Roman Catholic church.
- There have only ever been popes and never any popesses.
- (by extension) The head of any religion.
- (Eastern Christianity) The Bishop or Patriarch of Alexandria.
- usage: In Coptic Orthodox Church, Patriarch of Alexandria is normally styled as Pope Name, e.g. Pope Shenouda: In Eastern Orthodox Church, Patriarch of Alexandria is officially styled as Pope of Alexandria, but only in liturgy, official documents and intercessions, and not so addressed in daily conversations.
- A small Eurasian freshwater fish, Gymnocephalus cernua.
- Any of various birds having reddish plumage on the breast, especially the bullfinch.
From Old English pÄpa, from Medieval Latin papa, from Ancient Greek Ï€Î±Ï€Î¬Ï‚ (papÃ¡s), variant of Ï€Î¬Ï€Ï€Î±Ï‚ (pÃ¡ppas, “daddy, papa"), itself imitative.
- (in Russian tradition) An Eastern Orthodox priest.
- Alternative capitalization of pope