any large and important church
the principal Christian church building of a bishop's diocese
relating to or containing or issuing from a bishop's office or throne
"a cathedral church"
A big church building, central place for some area.
The principal church of a bishop's diocese which contains an episcopal throne.
Origin: From cathedral church, from ecclesia cathedralis, from καθέδρα, from κατά + ἕδρα.
the principal church in a diocese, so called because in it the bishop has his official chair (Cathedra) or throne
pertaining to the head church of a diocese; as, a cathedral church; cathedral service
emanating from the chair of office, as of a pope or bishop; official; authoritative
resembling the aisles of a cathedral; as, cathedral walks
Origin: [LL. cathedralis: cf. F. cathdral.]
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
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
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.
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Etymology and Origins
From the Greek kathedra, a seat--i.e. the chair of a bishop. See “City.”
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'cathedral' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3855
Rank popularity for the word 'cathedral' in Nouns Frequency: #1485
The numerical value of cathedral in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of cathedral in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Examples of cathedral in a Sentence
The Cathedral of Commerce
We will rebuild this cathedral.
Everything is done in 'cathedral time,'.
It's like creating a contemporary cathedral in some ways.
He's the new archbishop and is knocking, wishing to enter his cathedral.
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Translations for cathedral
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- catedralCatalan, Valencian
- eglwys gadeiriolWelsh
- Kathedrale, DomGerman
- καθεδρικός ναός, μητρόπολη, επισκοπήGreek
- katedraali, kirkko, tuomiokirkkoFinnish
- ardeaglais, Teampall MórIrish
- prìomh-eaglais, àrd-eaglais, cathair-eaglaisScottish Gaelic
- katedrális, székesegyház, dómHungarian
- մայր տաճարArmenian
- cattedrale, duomoItalian
- 大聖堂, 대성당, 성당Korean
- Kathedral, DoumLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- соборна црква, соборен храм, катедралаMacedonian
- katedral, gereja besarMalay
- domkirke, katedralNorwegian
- domkyrkje, katedralNorwegian Nynorsk
- катедрала, sabor, katedrala, caбopSerbo-Croatian
- domkyrka, katedralSwedish
- katedral, başkiliseTurkish
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