What does Cardinal mean?

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ˈkɑr dn lCar·di·nal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cardinal(noun)

    (Roman Catholic Church) one of a group of more than 100 prominent bishops in the Sacred College who advise the Pope and elect new Popes

  2. cardinal number, cardinal(noun)

    the number of elements in a mathematical set; denotes a quantity but not the order

  3. cardinal, carmine(noun)

    a variable color averaging a vivid red

  4. cardinal, cardinal grosbeak, Richmondena Cardinalis, Cardinalis cardinalis, redbird(adj)

    crested thick-billed North American finch having bright red plumage in the male

  5. cardinal, central, fundamental, key, primal(adj)

    serving as an essential component

    "a cardinal rule"; "the central cause of the problem"; "an example that was fundamental to the argument"; "computers are fundamental to modern industrial structure"

  6. cardinal(adj)

    being or denoting a numerical quantity but not order

    "cardinal numbers"


  1. Cardinal(n.)

    the cardinal bird, also called the northern cardinal.

  2. Origin: [F. carinal, It. cardinale, LL. cardinalis (ecclesi Roman). See Cardinal, a.]


  1. cardinal(Noun)

    A number indicating quantity, or the size of a set, e.g., one, two, three. (See Wikipedia article on Cardinal number.)

    The commonest numerals in Latin, as in English, are the "cardinals"...and the "ordinals"... u2014 F. M. Wheelock, Wheelock's Latin, 6th ed. revised (2005), p97

  2. cardinal(Noun)

    An official in the Catholic Church, ranking only below the Pope and the patriarchs. (See Wikipedia article on Catholic cardinals.)

  3. cardinal(Noun)

    A songbird of the finch family, Cardinalis cardinalis.

  4. cardinal(Noun)

    Any of various related passerine birds of the family Cardinalidae. (See Wikipedia article on cardinal birds.)

  5. cardinal(Adjective)

    Of fundamental importance; crucial, pivotal.

  6. cardinal(Adjective)

    Of or relating to the cardinal directions (north, south, east and west).

    a cardinal mark

  7. cardinal(Adjective)

    Describing a "natural" number used to indicate quantity (e.g., one, two, three), as opposed to an ordinal number indicating relative position.

  8. cardinal(Adjective)

    Having a bright red color (from the color of a Catholic cardinal's cassock).

  9. Cardinal(Noun)

    A player on the team "The St. Louis Cardinals".

    The commonest numerals in Latin, as in English, are the "cardinals"...and the "ordinals"... u2014 F. M. Wheelock, Wheelock's Latin, 6th ed. revised (2005), p97

  10. Cardinal(Noun)

    A player on the team "Arizona Cardinals".

  11. Cardinal(Noun)

    A sports team or a player on a sports team at Stanford University.

  12. Cardinal(Noun)

    A student or player on a sports team at the University of Louisville.

  13. Origin: From cardinal, from cardinalis, from cardo + -alis.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cardinal(adj)

    of fundamental importance; preeminent; superior; chief; principal

  2. Cardinal(adj)

    one of the ecclesiastical princes who constitute the pope's council, or the sacred college

  3. Cardinal(adj)

    a woman's short cloak with a hood

  4. Cardinal(adj)

    mulled red wine

  5. Origin: [L. cardinalis, fr. cardo the hinge of a door, that on which a thing turns or depends: cf. F. cardinal.]


  1. Cardinal

    A cardinal is a senior ecclesiastical official, usually an ordained bishop, and ecclesiastical prince of the Catholic Church. Cardinals are collectively known as the College of Cardinals, which as a body elects a new pope. The duties of the cardinals include attending the meetings of the College and making themselves available individually or in groups to the pope if he requests their counsel. Most cardinals have additional duties, such as leading a diocese or archdiocese or running a department of the Roman Curia. A cardinal's other main function is electing the pope whenever, by death or resignation, the see becomes vacant. In 1059, the right of electing the pope was reserved to the principal clergy of Rome and the bishops of the seven suburbicarian sees. During the sede vacante, the period between a pope's death or resignation and the election of his successor, the day-to-day governance of the Church as a whole is in the hands of the College of Cardinals. The right to enter the conclave of cardinals who elect the pope is now limited to those who have not reached the age of 80 years by the day of the pope's death or resignation. The term cardinal at one time applied to any priest permanently assigned or incardinated to a church, or specifically to the senior priest of an important church, based on the Latin cardo, meaning "principal" or "chief". The term was applied in this sense as early as the ninth century to the priests of the tituli of the diocese of Rome. A remnant of these earlier cardinals is retained by the Church of England, where the title of "cardinal" is still held by the two senior members of the College of Minor Canons of St Paul's Cathedral.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cardinal

    kär′din-al, adj. denoting that on which a thing hinges or depends: principal; of a deep scarlet colour, like a cardinal's cassock.—n. one of the seventy princes of the church constituting the sacred college at Rome, to whom pertains the right of electing a new pope: a short cloak, formerly worn by ladies.—ns. Car′dinalate, Car′dinalship, the office or dignity of a cardinal; Car′dinal-bird, a species of grosbeak, one of the finest song-birds of America, probably so called from its red plumage.—adv. Car′dinally, fundamentally: (Shak., Measure for Measure, II. i. 81) carnally.—Cardinal flower (see Lobelia); Cardinal numbers, numbers expressing how many; Cardinal points, the four chief points of the compass—north, south, east, and west; Cardinal virtues, justice, prudence, temperance, fortitude, so called because the whole of human nature was supposed to hinge or turn upon them—the natural as distinguished from the theological virtues. [Fr.—L. cardinaliscardo, cardinis, a hinge.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Cardinal in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Cardinal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Cardinal in a Sentence

  1. Thomas Hobbes, quoted from "Oxygen3, Panda Software:

    Force, and fraud, are in war the two cardinal virtues.

  2. Katina Powell:

    Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen.

  3. Katrina Lee:

    Cardinal Pell is obviously disappointed with the decision today.

  4. Orlando Marquez:

    That was a qualitative leap, when the cardinal played a very important role.

  5. Franz Kafka:

    There art two cardinal sins from which all others spring Impatience and Laziness.

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  • кардинал, яркочервен, главен, чинка, яркочервен цвят, числителен, числително, основенBulgarian
  • pennañBreton
  • cardinalCatalan, Valencian
  • kardinálCzech
  • grundsätzlich, Kardinalrot, Grundzahl, Kardinal, Kardinalzahl, RotkardinalGerman
  • απόλυτος αριθμός, καρδινάλιοςGreek
  • cardinal, número cardinal, cardenal, cardenal rojo, cardenal comúnSpanish
  • اساسی, اصلی, اعداد اصلی, عدداصلی, کاردینالPersian
  • perusluku, kardinaalinpunainen, peri-, emä-, pää-, kardinaali, perus-, punakardinaaliFinnish
  • cardinal, rouge cardinalFrench
  • haadtelwurdWestern Frisian
  • cairdinéal, cairdinéaltaIrish
  • bíbornok, kardinális, bíborosHungarian
  • քանակական թվական, քանակականArmenian
  • cardinalInterlingua
  • kardináli, aðal-, höfuð-, hárauður, megin-, frumtala, grundvallar-Icelandic
  • numero cardinale, cardinaleItalian
  • 枢機卿, 基数, 緋色, 基本Japanese
  • kardînal, metranKurdish
  • KardinolLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • kardinālsLatvian
  • kardinalNorwegian
  • kardinaalrood, hoofdtelwoord, kardinaalDutch
  • kardinalNorwegian Nynorsk
  • tááʼyaʼniiltʼóshiiNavajo, Navaho
  • kardynalny, kardynał, purpurowy, purpuraPolish
  • fundamental, cardeal, [[número]] [[cardinal]], vermelho-cardeal, cardinal, principalPortuguese
  • număr cardinal, cardinalRomanian
  • главный, кардинал, количественное числительное, количественный, основнойRussian
  • kardinalSerbo-Croatian
  • kardinal, kardinalno številoSlovene
  • kardinal, kardinal-, främsta, huvudsaklig, väsentlig, avgörande, huvud-Swedish
  • kadinoliSwahili
  • cốt yếu, chủ yếu, số lượng, lượng, chínhVietnamese

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