Vatican

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin Vātī̆cānus (Vatican Hill), from vāticinārī (to prophesy, oracle), from vātēs (soothsayer, prophet) +‎ cinor (to sing) (the latter is from canō), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *weh₂t- (to be excited, inspired, possessed). “Vatican”, a name dating back to the Roman Republic, would be the place from where prophecies would be issued. Cognate to English Odin, which is from the same root (see there).

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  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˈvæ.tɪ.kən/
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Proper noun[edit]

the Vatican

  1. The official residence of the Pope within Vatican City.
  2. (metonymically) The papal government; the papacy, the Holy See.
  3. (for short) Vatican City, a city-state in Southern Europe, an enclave within the city of Rome, Italy.
  4. Roman Catholicism.

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Vatican (not comparable)

  1. Relating to the Vatican City state.

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