What does Cathedral mean?

Definitions for Cathedral
kəˈθi drəlCathe·dral

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cathedralnoun

    any large and important church

  2. cathedral, duomoadjective

    the principal Christian church building of a bishop's diocese

  3. cathedraladjective

    relating to or containing or issuing from a bishop's office or throne

    "a cathedral church"


  1. cathedralnoun

    A big church building, central place for some area.

    Etymology: From cathedral church, from ecclesia cathedralis, from καθέδρα, from κατά + ἕδρα.

  2. cathedralnoun

    The principal church of a bishop's diocese which contains an episcopal throne.

    Etymology: From cathedral church, from ecclesia cathedralis, from καθέδρα, from κατά + ἕδρα.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cathedralnoun

    the principal church in a diocese, so called because in it the bishop has his official chair (Cathedra) or throne

    Etymology: [LL. cathedralis: cf. F. cathdral.]

  2. Cathedraladjective

    pertaining to the head church of a diocese; as, a cathedral church; cathedral service

    Etymology: [LL. cathedralis: cf. F. cathdral.]

  3. Cathedraladjective

    emanating from the chair of office, as of a pope or bishop; official; authoritative

    Etymology: [LL. cathedralis: cf. F. cathdral.]

  4. Cathedraladjective

    resembling the aisles of a cathedral; as, cathedral walks

    Etymology: [LL. cathedralis: cf. F. cathdral.]


  1. Cathedral

    A cathedral is a Christian church which contains the seat of a bishop, thus serving as the central church of a diocese, conference, or episcopate. Although the word "cathedral" is sometimes loosely applied, churches with the function of "cathedral" occur specifically and only in those denominations with an episcopal hierarchy, such as the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Orthodox, and some Lutheran and Methodist churches. In the Greek Orthodox Church, the terms kathedrikos naos is sometimes used for the church at which an archbishop or "metropolitan" presides. The term "metropolis" is used more commonly than "diocese" to signify an area of governance within the church. There are certain variations on the use of the term "cathedral"; for example, some pre-Reformation cathedrals in Scotland now within the Church of Scotland still retain the term cathedral, despite that church's Presbyterian polity that does not have bishops. The same occurs in Germany, where Protestant churches co-operate under an umbrella organisation, the Evangelical Church in Germany, with some retaining cathedrals or using the term as a merely honorary title and function, void of any hierarchical supremacy. As cathedrals are often particularly impressive edifices, the term "cathedral" is often applied colloquially to any large and impressive church, regardless of whether it functions as a cathedral, such as the Crystal Cathedral in California or figuratively to imply that a church is of outstanding beauty such as St John the Baptist, Tideswell, known as the "Cathedral of the Peak".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cathedral

    kath-ēd′ral, n. the principal church of a diocese, in which is the seat or throne of a bishop.—adj. belonging to a cathedral.—n. Cathed′ra, a bishop's seat, the episcopal dignity—ex cathedra, from the chair, officially given forth.—adjs. Cathedral′ic, Cathedralesque′, Cathed′raled, vaulted like a cathedral.—n. Cathed′ralism, the cathedral system.—adj. Cathedrat′ic, promulgated ex cathedra, authoritative. [L. cathedra—Gr. kathedra, a seat.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Cathedral

    the principal church in a diocese, and which contains the throne of the bishop as his seat of authority; is of a rank corresponding to the dignity of the bishop; the governing body consists of the dean and chapter.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. cathedral

    [see bazaar for derivation] The ‘classical’ mode of software engineering long thought to be necessarily implied by Brooks's Law. Features small teams, tight project control, and long release intervals. This term came into use after analysis of the Linux experience suggested there might be something wrong (or at least incomplete) in the classical assumptions.

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Cathedral

    From the Greek kathedra, a seat--i.e. the chair of a bishop. See “City.”

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    Rank popularity for the word 'Cathedral' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3855

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    Rank popularity for the word 'Cathedral' in Nouns Frequency: #1485

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Cathedral in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Cathedral in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Cathedral in a Sentence

  1. Margaret Mead:

    The city as a center where, any day in any year, there may be a fresh encounter with a new talent, a keen mind or a gifted specialist -- this is essential to the life of a country. To play this role in our lives a city must have a soul -- a university, a great art or music school, a cathedral or a great mosque or temple, a great laboratory or scientific center, as well as the libraries and museums and galleries that bring past and present together. A city must be a place where groups of women and men are seeking and developing the highest things they know.

  2. The CT:

    The good condition of the body seems to be the result of several factors in combination : constant air flow, the plant material in the coffin, a long period of illness resulting in the body becoming lean, death and burial during the winter months of December January and the general climate and temperature conditions in Lund Cathedral a year, we can now observe that Winstrup's mummy is one of the best-preserved bodies from Europe in the 1600s, with an information potential well in line with that offered by Otzi the ice man or Egyptian mummies. Bishop Winstrup remains constitute a unique archive of medical history on the living conditions and health of people living in the 1600s.

  3. Emmanuel Macron:

    We will rebuild this cathedral.

  4. Lewis Carroll:

    For I do not believe God means us thus to divide life into two halves - to wear a grave face on Sunday, and to think it out-of-place to even so much as mention Him on a week-day. Do you think He cares to see only kneeling figures and to hear only tones of prayer - and that He does not also love to see the lambs leaping in the sunlight, and to hear the merry voices of the children, as they roll amoung the hay? Surely their innocent laughter is as sweet in His ears as the grandest anthem that ever rolled up from the "dim religious light" of some solemn cathedral?

  5. Neil Young:

    I'm not a preacher, and I'm certainly not a good example, but I have my own feelings about God. I'm kind of a nature guy. My cathedral is forests, or the prairies, or the beach.

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    transmitting light; able to be seen through with clarity
    • A. handsome
    • B. transparent
    • C. blistering
    • D. alternate

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