Vatican

noun
Vat·​i·​can | \ˈva-ti-kən \

Definition of Vatican 

1 : the papal headquarters in Rome

2 : the papal government

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Vatican adjective

First Known Use of Vatican

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Vatican

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

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The first known use of Vatican was in 1555

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