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[lat-er-uh n] /ˈlæt ər ən/
the church of St. John Lateran, the cathedral church of the city of Rome; the church of the pope as bishop of Rome. Unabridged
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  • He had been on guard in the Lateran before, but the silence had never seemed so deep as it was now.

    Under the Witches' Moon Nathan Gallizier
  • In Rome the women were enslaved and given to the church of the Lateran.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • Decree of the Council of Lateran, every cathedral to have a school and metropolitan churches to have colleges.

    The Thirteenth James J. Walsh
  • The Cardinal was an early riser, and was to pontificate at high mass in the Lateran.

    Stradella F(rancis) Marion Crawford
  • The sculptured sarcophagi found in this tomb were removed to the Lateran Museum.

    From the Oak to the Olive Julia Ward Howe
  • John the Deacon has accepted it blindly in his description of the Lateran.

    Pagan and Christian Rome Rodolfo Lanciani
  • All eyes were now bent on the Lateran Council which was to decide the fate of the land.

  • Innocent the Third advocated it in the august Council of the Lateran.

  • It was the night on which the terrible crime at the Lateran was to be committed.

    Under the Witches' Moon Nathan Gallizier
  • Himself, he would keep the watch at the Lateran and foil the plot.

    Under the Witches' Moon Nathan Gallizier
British Dictionary definitions for Lateran


noun the Lateran
Also called Lateran palace. a palace in Rome, formerly the official residence of the popes
any of five ecumenical councils held in this palace between 1123 and 1512
the basilica of Saint John Lateran, the cathedral church of Rome
Word Origin
from Latin: the district is named after the ancient Roman family Plautii Laterani
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Word Origin and History for Lateran

c.1300, popular name of cathedral church of St. John Lateran at Rome, which is built on the site of the palace of the Plautii Laterani, a Roman family. As a papal headquarters, it was the site of five general councils of the Western Church.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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