Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The official residence of the pope in Vatican City.
  • n. The papal government; the papacy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. The official residence of the Pope within Vatican City.
  • proper n. The papal government; the papacy.
  • proper n. Roman Catholicism
  • adj. Relating to the Vatican City state.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The palace of the Popes, a mass of buildings of vast extent, built upon the Vatican hill, immediately to the north of the basilica of St. Peter at Rome.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the residence of the Catholic Pope in the Vatican City

Etymologies

Latin Vaticānus (mōns), the Vatican (Hill).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • By Richard Allen Religion News Service VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican recorded a $5.2 million deficit for 2009 as investment in communication and building upgrades ...

    Vatican Reports $5.2 Million Deficit For 2009

  • VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican recorded a $5.2 million deficit for 2009 as investment in communication and building upgrades offset revenues from donations, according to new figures from the Holy See.

    Vatican Reports $5.2 Million Deficit For 2009

  • VATICAN CITY (RNS) A top Vatican official has criticized a decision by the Food and Drug Administration to allow the world's first clinical trials using stem cells derived from human embryos.

    Vatican Blasts FDA Over Stem Cell Ruling

  • JOHN ALLEN, CNN VATICAN ANALYST: We just received moments ago a statement from the Vatican confirming something we have been hearing rumors about throughout the day, which is that at, roughly 4: 15 this afternoon, at the Vatican Embassy here in Washington, Pope Benedict XVI met with a small group of victims of sexual abuse.

    CNN Transcript Apr 17, 2008

  • L'Osservatore Romano, HO/Associated Press VATICAN RENDEZVOUS: Pope Benedict XVI, center, was greeted Wednesday by United Arab Emirates billionaire Abdul Aziz al-Ghurair, right, at the end of the weekly general audience at the Vatican.

    Today's Photos: Oct. 22

  • DELIA GALLAGHER, VATICAN ANALYST: I think the concern at the Vatican now is not just about what happened in this particular case, but what else is there that they don't know about?

    CNN Transcript Oct 15, 2007

  • DELIA GALLAGHER, VATICAN ANALYST: I think the concern at the Vatican now is not just about what happened in this particular case, but what else is there that they don't know about.

    CNN Transcript Oct 15, 2007

  • VATICAN, April 26, 2006 LifeSiteNews.com - The world media has exploded with stories suggesting that the Vatican is soon to release a document "easing the ban on condoms".

    Vatican Cardinal on Condoms:No Document, Just a Study

  • GERARD O'CONNELL, VATICAN ANALYST: Normally when John Paul II was pope, every speech he made on Islam was vetted, looked over by the experts on Islam in the Vatican.

    CNN Transcript Sep 18, 2006

  • JOHN ALLEN, CNN VATICAN ANALYST: The Saudi government in the '90s spent $20 million to fund the construction of the largest mosque in Europe, which is in Rome in the shadow of the Vatican, with the full support of John Paul II.

    CNN Transcript Sep 20, 2006

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