pope

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Pope Pius VII, bishop of Rome, next to Cardinal Caprara. The Pope wears the pallium.

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From Old English pāpa, from Medieval Latin papa, from Ancient Greek παπάς (papás), variant of πάππας (páppas, daddy, papa), itself imitative.

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pope (plural popes)

  1. (Christianity) The bishop of Rome; the head of the Roman Catholic church.
    There have only ever been popes and never any popesses.
  2. (by extension) The head of any religion.
    • 2007 May 5, Ted Koppel (guest), Wait, Wait... Don’t tell me!, National Public Radio
      I really did want to interview the pope. Any pope. I'm not particular.
  3. (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.
  4. A small Eurasian freshwater fish, Gymnocephalus cernua.
  5. Any of various birds having reddish plumage on the breast, especially the bullfinch.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Old Church Slavonic попъ (popŭ) (whence Russian поп (pop), Polish pop), from Gothic 𐍀𐌰𐍀𐌰 (papa, priest), from Byzantine Greek as etymology 1, above.

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pope (plural popes)

  1. (in Russian tradition) An Eastern Orthodox priest.
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pope

  1. feminine form of pop