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Vatican

[vat-i-kuh n] /ˈvæt ɪ kən/
noun
1.
Also called Vatican Palace. the chief residence of the popes in Vatican City, now also including a library, archives, art museum, apartments, and administrative offices.
2.
the authority and government of the pope (distinguished from the Quirinal).
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; < Latin vātīcānus (mōns) Vatican (hill)
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Vatican

/ˈvætɪkən/
noun
1.
  1. the palace of the popes in Rome and their principal residence there since 1377, which includes administrative offices, a library, museum, etc, and is attached to the basilica of St Peter's
  2. (as modifier): the Vatican Council
2.
  1. the authority of the Pope and the papal curia
  2. (as modifier): a Vatican edict
Word Origin
C16: from Latin Vāticānus mons Vatican hill, on the western bank of the Tiber, of Etruscan origin
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Vatican

1550s, from Latin mons Vaticanus, Roman hill on which Papal palace stands. An Etruscan loan-word, not related to vates "sooth-sayer."

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