from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of a series of councils held in the Lateran Palace, a former papal residence, in Rome between the seventh and the 18th century, five of which (in 1123, 1139, 1179, 1215, and 1512-1517) were ecumenical. The fourth, often considered the most important, produced the doctrine of transubstantiation.
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- n. any of five general councils of the Western Catholic Church that were held in the Lateran Palace
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