- the church of St. John Lateran, the cathedral church of the city of Rome; the church of the pope as bishop of Rome.
Examples from the Web for lateran
John the Deacon has accepted it blindly in his description of the Lateran.Pagan and Christian Rome
In Rome the women were enslaved and given to the church of the Lateran.Folkways</p>
William Graham Sumner
Stradella recognised it instantly, for he had often sung at the Lateran and knew the man.
The Cardinal was an early riser, and was to pontificate at high mass in the Lateran.
Innocent the Third advocated it in the august Council of the Lateran.Historical Sketches, Volume I (of 3)</p>
John Henry Newman
- Also called: Lateran palace a palace in Rome, formerly the official residence of the popes
- any of five ecumenical councils held in this palace between 1123 and 1512
- the basilica of Saint John Lateran, the cathedral church of Rome
Word Origin and History for lateran
c.1300, popular name of cathedral church of St. John Lateran at Rome, which is built on the site of the palace of the Plautii Laterani, a Roman family. As a papal headquarters, it was the site of five general councils of the Western Church.