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



BrE BrE//pəʊp//
; NAmE NAmE//poʊp//
(also the Pope) Religious people
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  • the leader of the Roman Catholic Church, who is also the Bishop of Rome the election of a new pope Pope Francis a visit from the Pope see also papacy, papal See related entries: Religious people
  • Word OriginOld English, via ecclesiastical Latin from ecclesiastical Greek papas ‘bishop, patriarch’, variant of Greek pappas ‘father’.Extra examples He became pope in 1958. He was granted an audience with the Pope. people who have met the PopeIdioms
    Is the Pope a Catholic?
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    (humorous) used to say that there is no doubt that something is true ‘Will they arrive late?’ ‘Is the Pope a Catholic?’
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