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n. pl. ca·the·drae (-drē)
1. A bishop's official chair or throne.
2. The office or see of a bishop.
3. The official chair of an office or a position, as of a professor.

[Middle English, from Latin, chair, from Greek kathedrā : kat-, kata-, cata- + hedrā, seat; see sed- in Indo-European roots.]


1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a bishop's throne
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the office or rank of a bishop
3. (Roman Catholic Church) See ex cathedra
[from Latin: chair]


(kəˈθi drə, ˈkæθ ɪ-)

n., pl. -drae (-dri, -ˌdri)
the seat or throne of a bishop in the principal church of a diocese.
[1625–35; < Latin < Greek kathédra chair, throne, derivative of kathézesthai to sit down]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cathedra - a throne that is the official chair of a bishopcathedra - a throne that is the official chair of a bishop
cathedral - any large and important church
throne - the chair of state for a monarch, bishop, etc.; "the king sat on his throne"
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