Pronunciation: (vat'i-kun), [key]
1. Also called Vat'ican Pal'ace. the chief residence of the popes in Vatican City, now also including a library, archives, art museum, apartments, and administrative offices.
2. the authority and government of the pope (distinguished from the Quirinal).
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