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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

VAT'ICAN, n. In Rome, the celebrated church of St. Peter; and also, a magnificent palace of the pope; situated at the foot of one of the seven hills on which Rome was built. Hence the phrase, the thunders of the Vatican, meaning the anathemas or denunciations of the pope.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: the residence of the Catholic Pope in the Vatican City [syn: Vatican, Vatican Palace]

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Latin Vaticanus Vatican Hill (in Rome) Date: 1555 1. the papal headquarters in Rome 2. the papal government Vatican adjective

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 the palace and official residence of the Pope in Rome. 2 papal government. Phrases and idioms: Vatican City an independent Papal State in Rome, instituted in 1929. Vatican Council an ecumenical council of the Roman Catholic Church, esp. that held in 1869-70 or that held in 1962-5. Derivatives: Vaticanism n. Vaticanist n. Etymology: F Vatican or L Vaticanus name of a hill in Rome

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Vatican Vat"i*can, n. [L. Vaticanus, mons, or collis, Vaticanus, the Vatican hill, in Rome, on the western bank of the Tiber: cf. F. Vatican, It. Vaticano.] A magnificent assemblage of buildings at Rome, near the church of St. Peter, including the pope's palace, a museum, a library, a famous chapel, etc. Note: The word is often used to indicate the papal authority. Thunders of the Vatican, the anathemas, or denunciations, of the pope.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

The Vatican is the city state in Rome ruled by the Pope which is the centre of the Roman Catholic Church. You can also use the Vatican to refer to the Pope or his officials. The president had an audience with the Pope in the Vatican... N-PROPER: the N, N n

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