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1. (Roman Catholic Church) Also called: Lateran palace a palace in Rome, formerly the official residence of the popes
2. (Roman Catholic Church) any of five ecumenical councils held in this palace between 1123 and 1512
3. (Roman Catholic Church) the basilica of Saint John Lateran, the cathedral church of Rome
[from Latin: the district is named after the ancient Roman family Plautii Laterani]
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Lat•er•an(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.
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|Noun||1.||Lateran - the site in Rome containing the church of Rome and the Lateran Palace|
Lateran Palace - a palace that served as the residence of the popes until the 14th century
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