Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Roman Catholic Church The bishop of Rome and head of the Roman Catholic Church on earth.
  • n. Eastern Orthodox Church The patriarch of Alexandria.
  • n. The Coptic patriarch of Alexandria.
  • n. The male head of some non-Christian religions: the Taoist pope.
  • n. A person considered to have unquestioned authority: the pope of surrealism.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The bishop of Rome; the head of the Roman Catholic church.
  • n. The head of any religion.
  • n. The Bishop or Patriarch of Alexandria.
  • n. A small Eurasian freshwater fish, Gymnocephalus cernua.
  • n. Any of various birds having reddish plumage on the breast, especially the bullfinch.
  • n. An Eastern Orthodox priest.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any ecclesiastic, esp. a bishop.
  • n. The bishop of Rome, the head of the Roman Catholic Church. See Note under Cardinal.
  • n. A parish priest, or a chaplain, of the Greek Church.
  • n. A fish; the ruff.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The Bishop of Rome as head of the Roman Catholic Church and hierarchy.
  • n. The patriarch of Alexandria.
  • n. A priest in the Greek or Russian Church.
  • n. The head of any church or ecclesiastical system.
  • n. The blacktail, a fish: same as ruff.
  • n. The bullfinch.
  • n. The red-backed shrike, Lanius collurio.
  • n. The puffin, Fratercula arctica. Montagu.
  • n. The painted finch, or nonpareil. See cut under Passcrina.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the head of the Roman Catholic Church
  • n. English poet and satirist (1688-1744)

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English pāpa, from Late Latin, from Latin, father (title of bishops), from Greek pappās; see papa in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English pāpa, from Medieval Latin papa, from Ancient Greek παπάς (papás), variant of πάππας (páppas, "daddy, papa"). (Wiktionary)
From Old Church Slavonic попъ (whence Russian поп (pop)}}, Polish pop), from Gothic 𐍀𐌰𐍀𐌰 ("priest"), from Byzantine Greek as etymology 1, above. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He received a "Medal of Peace" from Pope John Paul I, that guy who was pope for about ten minutes, but found time to give a peace award to a man who invented a filthy weapon of mass-death.

    Tallulah Morehead: Dead Folks 2010: Everyone's Pushing Up Roses

  • After a New York Times story reported that Pope Benedict XVI (then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger) failed to defrock a priest who abused 200 deaf children in Wisconsin, the pope lashed out against the news media.

    A Woman’s Place Is In The Church

  • Indeed, in the wake of much praise for Mayor Bloomberg's defense of civil and religious liberty, let me modestly suggest that he next go to Rome in October and deliver a sequel at Pope Benedict XVI's synod on what the pope recently called the "urgent" plight of Christian minorities in the Middle East.

    Tolerance at Ground Zero

  • And finally, that the canonization process of Pope John Paul II be halted until there is a full independent investigation of whether the late pope was involved in cover-ups of Catholic clergy.

    Vatican Celebrations Overshadowed By Scandals

  • VATICAN CITY — A senior Vatican cardinal defended Pope Benedict during an Easter Mass in St. Peter's Square attended by the pope, dismissing criticism of the pontiff's handling of the sexual-abuse crisis as "gossip."

    In Easter Mass, Vatican Defends Benedict

  • The Pope is on an official state visit to Britain, and the anti-Pope throng strongly protested the use of taxpayers 'money to pay for the lavish trappings of this the first state visit to London by any pope.

    Michael Carmichael: Massive Protests Against the Pope in London: Are They Justified?

  • More British Catholics Raise Their Profile Iain Martin: Defending the Pope When asked to respond to recent polls showing the scandal had shaken the faith of British Catholics, the pope said he was "shocked by the revelations" of abuse, which he described as a "perversion that is hard to understand."

    Pope Criticizes Church Hierarchy for Abuse Response

  • NEW YORK & mdash; Faced with a changing outlook from Pope Benedict XVI on condoms and their role in preventing the spread of HIV, many prominent conservative Roman Catholics in the U.S. are rejecting the Vatican's own explanation of what the pope said.

    Conservatives At Odds With Vatican Over Condoms

  • After all the Pope himself said, "I hope my gesture is followed by the hoped-for commitment on their part to take the further steps necessary to realize full communion with the Church, thus witnessing true fidelity, and true recognition of the magisterium and the authority of the pope and of the Second Vatican Council."

    Rabbi Irwin Kula: The Jewish Reaction to the Pope's Welcoming Back Holocaust Denying Bishop: Disproportionate!

  • It's natural that you'd expect he heavily Catholic Hispanics to trust the Pope, but Bill Clinton was rated higher than the pope back in '05.

    Black Leaders Not Flocking To Obama's Side -- Yet

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  • A long time ago, I was a bit of a full-on Christian. I didn't like swearing, so I took to bellowing "pope" instead of "fuck" or somesuch.

    As I saw it, this highlighted the fact that it was ok for people to say "Jesus" as a swearword, but not "pope".

    What a wanker I was.

    September 19, 2008

  • The Pope and the Dope.

    April 17, 2008