Definition of papable in US English:

papable

adjective

  • Eligible or suitable to be elected to the papacy; = "papabile".

Origin

Late 16th century; earliest use found in Henry Wotton (1568–1639), diplomat and writer. From Middle French, French papable from pape + -able, after Italian papabile. Compare post-classical Latin papabilis, also papabilitas papacy.

Pronunciation

papable

/ˈpeɪpəbl/