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1. The official residence of the pope in Vatican City.
2. The papal government; the papacy.
[Latin Vaticānus (mōns), the Vatican (Hill).]
1. (Roman Catholic Church)
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. (Roman Catholic Church)
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]
Vat•i•can(ˈvæt ɪ kən)
1. Also called Vat′ican Pal′ace. the chief residence of the popes in Vatican City.
2. the authority and government of the pope.
[1545–55; < Latin vātīcānus (mōns) Vatican (hill)]
Tòa thánh Vatican