p) KEY NOUN:
- often Pope Roman Catholic Church The bishop of Rome and head of the Roman Catholic Church on earth.
- Eastern Orthodox Church The patriarch of Alexandria.
- The Coptic patriarch of Alexandria.
- The male head of some non-Christian religions: the Taoist pope.
- A person considered to have unquestioned authority: the pope of surrealism.
Middle English, from Old English ppa
, from Late Latin, from Latin, father (title of bishops)
, from Greek papps
; see papa
in Indo-European roots