Definition of papacy noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpeɪpəsi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpeɪpəsi//
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  1. 1the papacy [singular] the position or the authority of the Pope
  2. 2[countable, usually singular] the period of time when a particular Pope is in power during the papacy of Pope Benedict XVI
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from medieval Latin papatia, from papa ‘pope’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: papacy