[lat-er-uh n]


the church of St. John Lateran, the cathedral church of the city of Rome; the church of the pope as bishop of Rome. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of lateran

  • John the Deacon has accepted it blindly in his description of the Lateran.

    Pagan and Christian Rome

    Rodolfo Lanciani

  • In Rome the women were enslaved and given to the church of the Lateran.


    William Graham Sumner

  • Stradella recognised it instantly, for he had often sung at the Lateran and knew the man.


    F(rancis) Marion Crawford

  • The Cardinal was an early riser, and was to pontificate at high mass in the Lateran.


    F(rancis) Marion Crawford

  • Innocent the Third advocated it in the august Council of the Lateran.

British Dictionary definitions for lateran


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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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.

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