Vat·​i·​can ˈva-ti-kən How to pronounce Vatican (audio)
: the papal headquarters in Rome
: the papal government
Vatican adjective

Examples of Vatican in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Stroll the Piazza Navona or take a step inside the vast Vatican City to see the Sistine Chapel. Christine Burroni, Travel + Leisure, 9 July 2024 The woman, who doctors said had a low chance of survival, was said to have healed miraculously after praying for Acutis to intercede, according to Vatican News. Lauren Costantino, Miami Herald, 7 July 2024 That trial marked the first time a cardinal was convicted and sentenced by a Vatican court for financial crimes and is considered an important moment in Pope Francis’ long battle to clean up the Vatican’s finances. Christopher Lamb, CNN, 5 July 2024 Pope Francis Invites Famous Comedians to Vatican to Promote 'Love' as He’s Accused of Using Homophobic Slur Again To be canonized as a saint, two miracles have to be attributed to the person in question. Becca Longmire, Peoplemag, 1 July 2024 In Rome, David, Ben and Kristen, the relic and some Italian priests are loaded into a car and driven to Vatican City. Kimberly Roots, TVLine, 20 June 2024 Furthermore, Histoire’s multi-layered deal with Big Media will see the French-language network license finished series Spycraft and Secret Vatican Files: The Pope & the Devil. Jesse Whittock, Deadline, 19 June 2024 Archaeologists found the ancient laundry facility during construction work at Piazza Pia, a section of roadway between Vatican City and Castel Sant’Angelo, the Municipality of Rome said in a June 14 news release. Aspen Pflughoeft, Miami Herald, 14 June 2024 According to Vatican News, the Holy See’s online news site, Tuesday’s meeting took place at the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome. Emma Bubola, New York Times, 12 June 2024

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Word History


borrowed from Latin (mons) Vāticānus, hill on the west bank of the Tiber, the traditional site of the apostle Peter's tomb, on which a basilica was built in the 4th century

First Known Use

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Vatican was in 1555

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“Vatican.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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