[vat-i-kuh n] /ˈvæt ɪ kən/
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.
the authority and government of the pope (distinguished from the Quirinal).
1545–55; < Latin vātīcānus (mōns) Vatican (hill)
British Dictionary definitions for vatican pal-ace
Vatican (ˈvætɪkən)
1.  a.  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
 b.  (as modifier): the Vatican Council
2.  a.  the authority of the Pope and the papal curia
 b.  (as modifier): a Vatican edict
[C16: from Latin Vāticānus mons Vatican hill, on the western bank of the Tiber, of Etruscan origin]

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Word Origin and History for vatican pal-ace
1555, from L. mons Vaticanus, Roman hill on which Papal palace stands. An Etruscan loan-word, not related to vates "sooth-sayer."
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