from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • One of the seven hills of ancient Rome, traditionally occupied by the Sabines. A papal palace was built here in the 16th century and served as the residence of Italian kings from 1870 to 1946.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or designating, the hill Collis Quirinalis, now Monte Quirinale (one of the seven hills of Rome), or a modern royal place situated upon it. Also used substantively.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Relating to Quirinus or to the Quirinal Hill (one of the seven hills of Rome) or to the modern royal palace (a former summer palace of the popes) which is built upon it.
  • n. The palace of the Quirinal; hence, the Italian Court.


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  • His quick appreciation of the colossal statues of Castor and Pollux on the Quirinal is the best proof of this.

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  • The procession to the Quirinal was a prolonged triumph.

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  • Quirinal, which is cooler and healthier, as soon as May arrived; and spent the dog days at Castle Gandolfo on the margins of the Lake of

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  • In the valley which lay between the fora and the Quirinal was the celebrated Subura, -- the quarter of shops, markets, and artificers, -- a busy, noisy, vulgar section, not beautiful, but full of life and enterprise and wickedness.

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  • A special Senate of Women was even supposedly established, whose meetings on the Quirinal hill were chaired by Soaemias.81

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  • As soon as he came down the steps his bodyguard closed around him, and with the lictors clearing the way, we pushed and struggled across the Forum in the direction of the Quirinal Hill.


  • The Italian public's first chance to see the krater was at a high-profile exhibition of ­ "recovered masterpieces" last year at the Quirinal Palace, the presidential residence in Rome.

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  • Among other national initiatives on Saturday, Italian President Giorgio Napolitano will oversee a special ceremony at the Quirinal Palace in Rome where women who have distinguished themselves in a variety of fields will be honored.

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  • Here is a view from the Quirinal Hill in Rome, 1800, also by Denis.

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