[ lat-er-uhn ]

  1. the church of St. John Lateran, the cathedral church of the city of Rome; the church of the pope as bishop of Rome.

Words Nearby Lateran Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use Lateran in a sentence

  • One example, in St. Johns Lateran, exhibits the gate of paradise and the tree of life.

    The Catacombs of Rome | William Henry Withrow
  • The following engraving, from a sarcophagus in the Lateran, is a characteristic example of the ordinary type.

    The Catacombs of Rome | William Henry Withrow
  • In the accompanying engraving, from a mutilated bas-relief in the Lateran Museum, this scene is exhibited.

    The Catacombs of Rome | William Henry Withrow
  • Constantius erected another (Fig. 145) in the same circus, which now stands before the Lateran church, measuring 105 feet.

    The Private Life of the Romans | Harold Whetstone Johnston
  • He was most honorably received by the Pope, and lodged in the Lateran, as the great champion of papal authority.

British Dictionary definitions for Lateran


/ (ˈlætərən) /

nounthe Lateran
  1. Also called: Lateran palace a palace in Rome, formerly the official residence of the popes

  2. any of five ecumenical councils held in this palace between 1123 and 1512

  1. the basilica of Saint John Lateran, the cathedral church of Rome

Origin of Lateran

from Latin: the district is named after the ancient Roman family Plautii Laterani

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