[pohp-muh-beel] /ˈpoʊp məˌbil/

noun, (often lowercase)
Informal. any of various vehicles used to transport the pope when he appears in public, typically equipped with bulletproof glass.
noun (informal)
a small open-top car used by the Pope to move amongst crowds

a type of vehicle used by religious and political leaders that is specially designed with a viewing platform and bulletproof glass
Word Origin

first used by Pope John Paul II
Usage Note



A car specially designed and built to display and protect the Pope: I had chased his Pope-mobile as he toured western Sicily on a weekend pastoral jaunt (1979+)


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