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 (kär′dn-ə-lĭt, -lāt′, kärd′nə-)
n. Roman Catholic Church
1. The position, rank, dignity, or term of a cardinal.
2. The College of Cardinals.


(ˈkɑːdɪnəˌleɪt) or


1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the rank, office, or term of office of a cardinal
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the cardinals collectively


(ˈkɑr dn lˌeɪt)

1. the body of cardinals.
2. the office, rank, or dignity of a cardinal.


 the state of being a cardinal, hence, cardinals collectively.
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Noun1.cardinalate - cardinals collectively
clergy - in Christianity, clergymen collectively (as distinguished from the laity)
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The investiture of a cardinal into the Roman Catholic cardinalate.
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