Definition of Vatican noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈvætɪkən//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈvætɪkən//
    the Vatican
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  1. 1[singular] the group of buildings in Rome where the Pope lives and works
  2. 2[singular + singular or plural verb] the centre of government of the Roman Catholic Church The Vatican has/have issued a further statement this morning. More Like This Place names representing activities Downing Street, Madison Avenue, Grub Street, Holyrood, Main Street, Number Ten, the Oval Office, the Palace, Silicon Valley, the Vatican, Whitehall, the White HouseSee worksheet.
  3. Word Originmid 16th cent.: from French, or from Latin Vaticanus, the name of a hill in Rome.
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