From Latin Vātī̆cānus (“Vatican Hill”), ultimately from vāticinārī (“to prophesy, oracle”). 'Vatican', a name dating back to the Roman Republic, would be the place from where prophecies would be issued. Cognate to Odin.
- The official residence of the Pope within Vatican City.
- 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.