Lateran

[ lat-er-uh n ]
/ ˈlæt ər ən /

noun

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

/ (ˈlætərən) /

noun the Lateran

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 for Lateran

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