[ kwir-uh-nl ]

  1. one of the seven hills on which ancient Rome was built.

  2. the Italian civil authority and government (distinguished from the Vatican).

  1. noting or pertaining to the Quirinal.

  2. of or relating to Quirinus.

Origin of Quirinal

From the Latin word Quirīnālis, dating back to 1850–55. See Quirinus, -al1

Words Nearby Quirinal

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How to use Quirinal in a sentence

  • The repetition of her festival may possibly point to separate celebrations of the communities of Palatine and Quirinal.

  • For a year the successor of St. Peter remained a fainant prince shut up in the Quirinal.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte | William Milligan Sloane
  • At six o'clock on the morning of July 6, 1809, the French troops burst into the palace of the Quirinal.

    The War Upon Religion | Rev. Francis A. Cunningham
  • One day he sat down, sadly leaning on his staff, on the step of a fountain not far from the temple on the Quirinal.

  • Remains of the wall and ditch are extant, especially along the east side of the Esquiline, Viminal, and Quirinal hills.

    Selections from Viri Romae | Charles Franois L'Homond

British Dictionary definitions for Quirinal


/ (ˈkwɪrɪnəl) /

  1. one of the seven hills on which ancient Rome was built

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