noun Vat·i·can \ˈva-ti-kən\

Definition of Vatican

  1. 1 :  the papal headquarters in Rome

  2. 2 :  the papal government



Origin and Etymology of 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

First Known Use: 1555

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