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Holy See

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noun
  1. Roman Catholic Church. the see of Rome; the office or jurisdiction of the pope.
  2. the papal court.
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Origin of Holy See

First recorded in 1755–65
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British Dictionary definitions for holy see

Holy See

noun RC Church
  1. the see of the pope as bishop of Rome and head of the Church
  2. the Roman curia
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Holy See

In the Roman Catholic Church, the official name for the jurisdiction of the pope (the word see is from the Latin for “seat”).

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