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).
- The official residence of the Pope within Vatican City.
- (metonymically) The papal government; the papacy, the Holy See.
- (for short) Vatican City, a city-state in Southern Europe, an enclave within the city of Rome, Italy.
- Roman Catholicism.
Vatican (not comparable)
- Relating to the Vatican City state.