Definition of papal in English:

papal

adjective

  • Relating to a pope or to the papacy.

    ‘a papal visit’
    • ‘He also sent two papal legates over to England to negotiate these reparations.’
    • ‘Even more colourfully, a newly elected pope might choose an entirely new papal name.’
    • ‘The family business in Rome that makes all the papal vestments has several different sizes prepared.’
    • ‘Improvising hastily, the papal legate Guala is said to have crowned the new king with a chaplet of flowers.’
    • ‘Next to the ground was a papal cross, which commemorated a visit by the pontiff.’
    • ‘There the coffin will be definitively closed with red bands, sealed with both papal and Vatican seals.’
    • ‘In 1849, the new Roman government proclaimed the end of the old papal regime and the establishment of a republic.’
    • ‘From the Colonna estates Caravaggio continued south to Naples, where he waited for a papal pardon.’
    • ‘Ruffo was a Calabrian who had served in the papal curia but had found more favour at the Neapolitan court.’
    • ‘Antonio Alati, bishop of Urbino, found himself papal legate in Scotland in 1437.’
    • ‘Other cardinals clad in their crimson robes came out to watch him after one of the fastest papal conclaves of the past century.’
    • ‘Venice, always in rivalry with the papal city, often presented itself as the new Rome.’
    • ‘The papal bull was taken to Paris and stored for safe keeping.’
    • ‘Henry of Blois, now acting as papal legate, openly went over to the Empress's side and in the summer she was able to enter London.’
    • ‘Many Castilian-trained musicians worked in the papal choir in Rome, and in the royal chapels of Spain and Italy.’
    • ‘Events came to a head in 1208 when a papal legate was assassinated near Carcassonne.’
    • ‘Anglo-Saxon veneration of the papacy was strong and contributed to the growth of papal authority in the West.’
    • ‘A key struggle in any papal election is not over personalities or warring interpretations of the faith.’
    • ‘If this papal pilgrimage had a central theme, it was brotherhood and the fraternity of man.’
    • ‘The papal appeals to the Franks became even more pressing after Desiderius came to the Lombard throne in 756.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French, from medieval Latin papalis, from ecclesiastical Latin papa bishop (of Rome).

Pronunciation:

papal

/ˈpeɪp(ə)l/