Meaning of Vatican in English:


Pronunciation /ˈvatɪk(ə)n/

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usually the Vatican
  • 1The palace and official residence of the Pope in Rome.

    1. 1.1Used in reference to the Pope and the authority of the Roman Catholic Church.
      ‘the Vatican is currently engaged in secret talks to bring them back into the Catholic fold’
      • ‘the Vatican received some 35,000 documents in support of the cause’
      • ‘The money raised went straight to the church and to the Vatican.’
      • ‘Barcelona's archbishop - who sees Gaudi as belonging to the tradition of religious mystics - put their case to the Vatican, which in 1999 agreed in record-breaking time to start the process.’
      • ‘Many high-ranking officials in the Guatemalan government were members of religious orders that staunchly uphold the position of the Vatican.’
      • ‘His nomination by Cork clergy as their bishop was not ratified by the Vatican.’
      • ‘It's important to remember that Cardinal Martino doesn't represent the official opinion of the Vatican.’


Mid 16th century via French from Latin Vaticanus, the name of a hill in Rome.