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Meaning of CATHEDRAL

Pronunciation:  ku'theedrul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  any large and important church
  2. [n]  the principal Christian church building of a bishop's diocese
  3. [adj]  relating to or containing or issuing from a bishop's office or throne; "a cathedral church"
  4. [adj]  of or relating to or resembling a cathedral; "tall trees whose branches met to form cathedral arches over the path"

CATHEDRAL is a 9 letter word that starts with C.


 See Also: bishop's throne, cathedra, church, church building, minster



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ca*the"dral\, n. [LL. cathedralis (sc. ecclesia): cf.
    F. cath['e]drale. See {Cathedra}.]
    The principal church in a diocese, so called because in it
    the bishop has his official chair (Cathedra) or throne.
  2. \Ca*the"dral\, a. [LL. cathedralis: cf. F.
    1. Pertaining to the head church of a diocese; as, a
       cathedral church; cathedral service.
    2. Emanating from the chair of office, as of a pope or
       bishop; official; authoritative.
             Now, what solemnity can be more required for the
             pope to make a cathedral determination of an
             article!                              --Jer. Taylor.
    3. Resembling the aisles of a cathedral; as, cathedral walks.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: accepted, approved, authentic, authoritative, basilica, bethel, cathedral church, church, church house, conventicle, duomo, ex cathedra, house of God, house of prayer, house of worship, kirk, magisterial, meetinghouse, minor basilica, mission, official, patriarchal basilica, place of worship, received, standard