Definition of papabile in English:



  • Worthy of being or eligible to be pope.

    • ‘The two men considered most papabile (capable of becoming pope) among the DUP cardinals when the next conclave eventually comes are deputy leader Peter Robinson and the party's newest star, Nigel Dodds.’
    • ‘‘It's interesting that several people once thought to be papabile are now regarded as too old or infirm’ said Lawler.’
    • ‘To speak of a cardinal as papabile is to say that he is thought to be a likely candidate for pope.’
    • ‘And who is the most papabile, to use the Italian word for a possible Pope?’
    • ‘Four now run curial offices themselves… All four are today mentioned as papabile, or potential candidates for the papacy.’


Italian, from Latin papa ‘pope’.