Definition of popess in English:

popess

Pronunciation /pəʊˈpɛs/ /ˈpəʊpɪs/

noun

  • A female pope; (also occasionally) the wife of a pope.

    Often used with reference to the legendary Pope Joan.

Origin

Early 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas More (1478–1535), lord chancellor, humanist, and martyr. From pope + -ess.