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  1. Harold (Jacob), 1908–1993, U.S. lyricist and composer.

  2. Italian Roma. a city in and the capital of Italy, in the central part, on the Tiber: ancient capital of the Roman Empire; site of Vatican City, seat of authority of the Roman Catholic Church.

  1. a city in central New York, east of Oneida Lake.

  2. a city in northwestern Georgia.

  3. the ancient Italian kingdom, republic, and empire whose capital was the city of Rome.

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How to use Rome in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for Rome


/ (rəʊm) /

  1. the capital of Italy, on the River Tiber: includes the independent state of the Vatican City; traditionally founded by Romulus on the Palatine Hill in 753 bc, later spreading to six other hills east of the Tiber; capital of the Roman Empire; a great cultural and artistic centre, esp during the Renaissance. Pop: 2 546 804 (2001): Italian name: Roma

  2. the Roman Empire

  1. the Roman Catholic Church or Roman Catholicism

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Cultural definitions for Rome


Capital of Italy, largest city in the country, and seat of the Roman Catholic Church (see Vatican City State; see also Vatican), located on the Tiber River in west-central Italy. Rome is one of the world's great centers of history, art, architecture, and religion.

Notes for Rome

Rome was the capital of the Roman Republic (fourth century to first century b.c.) and the Roman Empire (first century b.c. to fifth century a.d.), whose domains, at their height, spread from Great Britain to present-day Iran and included all the lands surrounding the Mediterranean Sea.

Notes for Rome

In a.d. 800, Rome again became associated with imperial power when Charlemagne was crowned there as the first emperor of the Holy Roman Empire.

Notes for Rome

Rome was proclaimed capital of Italy in 1871, after Italian forces took control of the city from the pope.

Notes for Rome

It is called the “Eternal City.”

Notes for Rome

All roads lead to Rome” is a well-known proverb.

Notes for Rome

Ancient Rome is often referred to as the “City of Seven Hills” because it was built on seven hills surrounded by a line of fortifications.

Notes for Rome

Its landmarks include the Colosseum, the Appian Way, the Pantheon, the Forum, the Arch of Constantine, and Saint Peter's Basilica in the Vatican.

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Other Idioms and Phrases with Rome


In addition to the idiom beginning with Rome

  • Rome wasn't built in a day

also see:

  • all roads lead to Rome
  • fiddle while Rome burns
  • when in Rome do as the Romans do

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