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Definition pope

Etymology 1

From Middle English pope, popa, from Old English pāpa, from Vulgar Latin papa (title for priests & bishops, esp. & by 8th c. only the bishop of Rome), from early Byzantine Greek παπᾶς (papâs, title for priests & bishops, especially by 3rd c. the bishop of Alexandria), from late Ancient Greek πάπας (pápas, title for priests & bishops, in the sense of spiritual father), from πάππας (páppas, “papa, daddy”).

Noun

pope (plural popes)

  1. (Roman Catholicism and generally) An honorary title of the Roman Catholic bishop of Rome as father and head of his church, a sovereign of the Vatican city state.
    1. (by extension, now often ironic) Any similarly absolute and 'infallible' authority.
    2. (by extension) Any similar head of a religion.
    3. (uncommon) A theocrat, a priest-king, including (at first especially) over the imaginary land of Prester John or (now) in figurative and alliterative uses.
    4. (Britain) An effigy of the pope traditionally burnt in Britain on Guy Fawkes' Day and (occasionally) at other times.
    5. (US, obsolete) Pope Day, the present Guy Fawkes Day.
  2. (Coptic Church) An honorary title of the Coptic bishop of Alexandria as father and head of his church.
  3. (Eastern Orthodoxy) An honorary title of the Orthodox bishop of Alexandria as father and head of his autocephalous church.
  4. (Christianity, historical, obsolete) Any bishop of the early Christian church.
  5. (Britain) The ruffe, a small Eurasian freshwater fish (Gymnocephalus cernua); others of its genus.
  6. (Britain regional, Cumberland, Cornwall, Devon, Scotland) The Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica).
  7. (US regional) The painted bunting (Passerina ciris).
  8. (rare) The red-cowled cardinal (Paroaria dominicana).
Verb

pope (third-person singular simple present popes, present participle poping, simple past and past participle poped)

  1. (intransitive or with 'it') To act as or like a pope.
  2. (intransitive, colloquial) To convert to Roman Catholicism.

Etymology 2

By analogy with bishop (“mulled and spiced wine”).

Noun

pope (plural popes)

  1. (alcoholic beverages) Any mulled wine (traditionally including tokay) considered similar and superior to bishop.

Etymology 3

From Russian поп (pop), from Old Church Slavonic попъ (popŭ), from Byzantine Greek παπᾶς (papâs) as above.

Noun

pope (plural popes)

  1. (Russian Orthodoxy) Alternative form of pop, a Russian Orthodox priest.

Etymology 4

Of Onomatopoeic origin.

Noun

pope (plural popes)

  1. (US, dialectal, obsolete) The whippoorwill (Caprimulgus vociferus).
  2. (US, dialectal, rare) The nighthawk (Chordeiles minor).

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