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lateran

lateran


  1  definition  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Lateran  \Lat"er*an\,  n. 
  The  church  and  palace  of  St  John  Lateran,  the  church  being 
  the  cathedral  church  of  Rome,  and  the  highest  in  rank  of  all 
  churches  in  the  Catholic  world. 
 
  Note:  The  name  is  said  to  have  been  derived  from  that  of  the 
  Laterani  family,  who  possessed  a  palace  on  or  near  the 
  spot  where  the  church  now  stands.  In  this  church 
  several  ecclesiastical  councils,  hence  called  Lateran 
  councils,  have  been  held.