• WordNet 3.6
    • n Lateran the site in Rome containing the church of Rome and the Lateran Palace
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Lateran 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.☞ 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • Lateran Pertaining to or connected with a locality in Rome called the Lateran: as, the Lateran palace or basilica; the Lateran councils. The site so named belonged in the first century to the family of the Laterani, was confiscated by Nero, and given by Constantine to the Bishop of Rome, together with the palace and the basilica built upon it. This Lateran basilica, originally called the Church of Christ the Saviour, has since the tenth century borne the name of St. John Lateran, from the adjoining monastery of St. John, and is the Pope's cathedral church, officially styled “mother and head of all churches of the City [Rome] and the world.” It was consecrated in a. d. 324, and has been rebuilt several times, the present structure, which dates from the fourteenth century, having been modernized in the seventeenth. The Lateran palace was the residence of the popes for nearly a thousand years (till 1309), was afterward burned and rebuilt, and is now used as a museum, containing both classical and Christian antiquities. Adjoining the basilica is the ancient baptistery in which, according to tradition, Constantine was baptized.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Lateran lat′ėr-an pertaining to the Church of St John Lateran at Rome, the Pope's cathedral church, on the site of the splendid palace or basilica of Plautius Lateranus (executed 66 A.D.)
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In literature:

Yesterday wandered in Trastevere and about Piazza Mattei and Montanara and back by 'bus; again this morning tramm'd to Lateran in showers.
"The Spirit of Rome" by Vernon Lee
The largest obelisk known is that of St. John Lateran, Rome.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
The church of the Lateran is approached through narrow rural lanes.
"Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber" by James Aitken Wylie
Innumerable conversations, echoing against the vaulted ceiling of the great Lateran hall, battered on Simon's ears.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
The Emperor seized the Lateran palace and all the bridges.
"Ave Roma Immortalis, Vol. 1" by Francis Marion Crawford
By the order of the Lateran Council of 1215 the Jews were compelled to wear a distinctive mark on their clothing.
"Memorials of Old London" by Various
As Leo came back from the gate leading to the harbour and re-entered his Lateran palace, undefended Rome was taken possession of by the Vandal.
"The Formation of Christendom, Volume VI" by Thomas W. (Thomas William) Allies
This is surely a revival of the Lateran canon.
"Guy Fawkes" by Thomas Lathbury
Still more remarkable is that of the beautiful statue in the Lateran, where the resemblance is very close.
"Roman Women" by Alfred Brittain
Lateran V. 1512-1517 19.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 6" by Various

In news:

St John Lateran represents Rome, the See of Peter.
I made my first visit to the Lateran Basilica two months ago (I'm sorry to say it didn't make the itinerary for my very first trip to Rome, but I made sure to get there the second time around.
The Basilica of St John Lateran is the cathedral church of the Bishop of Rome, the Pope.
To celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi today, Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Mass outside the Basilica of St John Lateran in Rome this evening in front of several thousand faithful.
) Height: 105.6 feet Weight: 455 tons Story: The so-called Lateran obelisk is the largest standing obelisk in the world.
In the morning, we were treated to a bus tour of Rome , which included long stops at both the Church of St John Lateran, the Holy Staircase, and the Colosseum.
Pope Benedict XVI celebrates the Eucharist during Mass of the Lord's Supper at the Basilica of St John Lateran in Rome April 21.
Lateran Apostolic Palace Piazza San Giovanni (entrance hall of the Basilica, side entrance) Rome, 00184, Italy.