What does cathedral mean?

Definitions for cathedral
kəˈθi drəlcathe·dral

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cathedral(noun)

    any large and important church

  2. cathedral, duomo(adj)

    the principal Christian church building of a bishop's diocese

  3. cathedral(adj)

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

    "a cathedral church"

Wiktionary

  1. cathedral(Noun)

    A big church building, central place for some area.

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

  2. cathedral(Noun)

    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. Cathedral(noun)

    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. Cathedral(adj)

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

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

  3. Cathedral(adj)

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

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

  4. Cathedral(adj)

    resembling the aisles of a cathedral; as, cathedral walks

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

Freebase

  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.”

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

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

  2. Nouns Frequency

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

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Numerology

  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. Commissioner Don Garber:

    We have to remember and recognize that in 2003 Philip Anschutz built the cathedral for soccer in the United States, which is now the StubHub Center in Carson.

  2. Anne Marie:

    In Paris, it's a monumental symbol -- every person with different religions are really moved and saddened, paris without the cathedral is not Paris anymore.

  3. Hubert Humphrey:

    The pursuit of peace resembles the building of a great cathedral. It is the work of a generation. In concept it requires a master-architect; in execution, the labors of many.

  4. 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.

  5. Brad Gilbert:

    I'm 55 years old and I have been coming here since I was 21. This is the Cathedral of our sport and you should want to play here for free, he needs to find in himself why he said those things and why he acted that way.

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