Definition of urbi et orbi in English:

urbi et orbi


  • Of a papal proclamation, blessing, etc.: to the city (of Rome) and to the world. Also in extended use: for general information or acceptance, to everyone.


  • Usually with the. The solemn general blessing imparted by the Pope on particular occasions, originally from any of the basilicas in Rome, and now from the balcony of St Peter's.


  • 1Widely proclaimed or disseminated; all-encompassing, general.

  • 2Designating the Urbi et Orbi; associated with or relating to this blessing.


Late 18th century; earliest use found in John Hawkins (1719–1789), music scholar and lawyer. From post-classical Latin urbi et orbi to the city (of Rome) and to the world from classical Latin urbī, dative of urbs city + et and + orbī, dative of orbis.


urbi et orbi

/ˈəːbɪ ɛt ˈɔːbi/