[gal-i-kuh n]
  1. Gallic; French.
  2. Ecclesiastical.
    1. of or relating to the Roman Catholic Church in France.
    2. of or relating to a school or party of French Roman Catholics, before 1870, advocating the restriction of papal authority in favor of the authority of general councils, the bishops, and temporal rulers.

Origin of Gallican

1590–1600; < Latin Gallicānus belonging to Gallia, Gallican, equivalent to Gallic- Gallic + -ānus -an Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. of or relating to Gallicanism
  1. an upholder of Gallicanism
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