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Old English pāpa, from post-classical Latin papa, from Byzantine Greek παπάς, variant of Ancient Greek πάππας ‘daddy, papa’.

Singular
pope

Plural
popes

pope (plural popes)

  1. (Christianity) The bishop of Rome; the head of the Roman Catholic church.
  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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