There are 2 main definitions of pope in English:


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Pronunciation: /pəʊp


1 (usually the Pope) The Bishop of Rome as head of the Roman Catholic Church.
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  • Henry VIII was a Roman Catholic and the head of this church was the pope based in Rome.
  • In another case, hundreds of people have complained to the BBC about a comic animation series about the pope and the Roman Catholic Church, due to be broadcast next year.
  • The fact of the matter is that historiography correctly proves that the early popes of the Roman Catholic Church were of African descent.
pontiff, sovereign/supreme pontiff, Bishop of Rome, Holy Father, Vicar of Christ, His Holiness
1.1The head of the Coptic Church, the Bishop or Patriarch of Alexandria.
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  • ‘The pope's attitude has provoked much unhappiness on the Coptic street,’ Ishaq said.
  • The Coptic Patriarch of Alexandria is likewise designated by the non-biblical title of pope.
2 another term for ruffe.


Old English, via ecclesiastical Latin from ecclesiastical Greek papas 'bishop, patriarch', variant of Greek pappas 'father'.


is the Pope (a) Catholic?

informal Used to indicate that something is blatantly obvious: Did he bet that day? Is the Pope Catholic?



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  • In the days following Giblets's glorious conquest of popedom many have wailed in ceaseless abject horror.

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