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ca·the·dral

 (kə-thē′drəl)
n.
1. The principal church of a bishop's diocese, containing the episcopal throne.
2. A large, important church.
3. Something that resembles a cathedral, as in grandeur or authority.
adj.
1. Of, relating to, or containing a bishop's throne: a cathedral church.
2. Relating to or issuing from a chair of office or authority; authoritative.
3. Of, relating to, or resembling a cathedral: tall trees whose branches met to form cathedral arches over the path.

[Short for cathedral church, from Middle English cathedral, of a diocese, from Old French, from Medieval Latin cathedrālis, of a bishop's see, from Latin cathedra, chair; see cathedra.]
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cathedral

(kəˈθiːdrəl)
n
(Ecclesiastical Terms)
a. the principal church of a diocese, containing the bishop's official throne
b. (as modifier): a cathedral city; cathedral clergy.
[C13: from Late Latin (ecclesia) cathedrālis cathedral (church), from cathedra bishop's throne, from Greek kathedra seat]
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ca•the•dral

(kəˈθi drəl)

n.
1. the principal church of a diocese, containing the bishop's throne.
2. (in nonepiscopal denominations) any of various important churches.
adj.
3. pertaining to or containing a bishop's throne.
4. authoritative.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Late Latin cathedrālis (ecclesia) a cathedral (church). See cathedra, -al1]
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cathedral

A Christian church which is also the seat of a bishop and hence the center of a diocese.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cathedral - any large and important churchcathedral - any large and important church  
bishop's throne, cathedra - a throne that is the official chair of a bishop
church building, church - a place for public (especially Christian) worship; "the church was empty"
minster - any of certain cathedrals and large churches; originally connected to a monastery
2.cathedral - the principal Christian church building of a bishop's diocese
church building, church - a place for public (especially Christian) worship; "the church was empty"
Adj.1.cathedral - relating to or containing or issuing from a bishop's office or throne; "a cathedral church"
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Translations
كاتِدرائيه، كَنيسَةٌ كَبيرَةٌكَاتِدْرَائِيَّة
katedrála
katedraldomkirke
katedraalituomiokirkko
katedrala
székesegyházdómkatedrális
dómkirkja
大聖堂
대성당
katedra
katedrāle
katedrála
katedralastolnica
katedraldomkyrka
มหาวิหาร
katedralbaş kilise
nhà thờ lớn

cathedral

[kəˈθiːdrəl]
A. Ncatedral f
B. CPD cathedral church Niglesia f catedral
cathedral city Nciudad f episcopal
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cathedral

[kəˈθiːdrəl] ncathédrale fcathedral choir nchœur m de cathédralecathedral city n (= city that has a cathedral) → ville f épiscopaleCatherine wheel catherine wheel [ˈkæθərɪnhwiːl] nsoleil m
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cathedral

nDom m; (esp in England, France, Spain) → Kathedrale f; cathedral town/cityDomstadt f
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

cathedral

[kəˈθiːdrl] ncattedrale f, duomo
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

cathedral

(kəˈθiːdrəl) noun
the principal church of a district under a bishop.
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cathedral

كَاتِدْرَائِيَّة katedrála katedral Kathedrale καθεδρικός ναός catedral katedraali cathédrale katedrala cattedrale 大聖堂 대성당 kathedraal katedral katedra catedral собор katedral มหาวิหาร katedral nhà thờ lớn 大教堂
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References in classic literature ?
That same afternoon, the massive gray square tower of an old Cathedral rises before the sight of a jaded traveller.
And what we here say of the façade must be said of the entire church; and what we say of the cathedral church of Paris, must be said of all the churches of Christendom in the Middle Ages.
Let us return to the façade of Notre-Dame, as it still appears to us, when we go piously to admire the grave and puissant cathedral, which inspires terror, so its chronicles assert: quoe mole sua terrorem incutit spectantibus .
"No, I can't petition him myself- that would be too bold." But in spite of this he continued to struggle desperately forward, and from between the backs of those in front he caught glimpses of an open space with a strip of red cloth spread out on it; but just then the crowd swayed back- the police in front were pushing back those who had pressed too close to the procession: the Emperor was passing from the palace to the Cathedral of the Assumption- and Petya unexpectedly received such a blow on his side and ribs and was squeezed so hard that suddenly everything grew dim before his eyes and he lost consciousness.
We visited a Jesuit cathedral nearly two hundred years old and found in it a piece of the veritable cross upon which our Saviour was crucified.
She had a flat in Westminster, overlooking the unfinished cathedral, and because we lived in the same neighbourhood we felt friendly disposed to one another.
One lingers about the Cathedral a good deal, in Venice.
On his return to the cathedral, D'Artagnan saw Bazin, who was conversing with the sacristan.
Along one side lay the Cathedral with its great central tower, and Philip, who knew as yet nothing of beauty, felt when he looked at it a troubling delight which he could not understand.
Levin, anxious to see into everything and not to miss anything, stood there too in the crowd, and heard the governor say: "Please tell Marya Ivanovna my wife is very sorry she couldn't come to the Home." And thereupon the nobles in high good-humor sorted out their fur coats and all drove off to the cathedral.
Mrs General was the daughter of a clerical dignitary in a cathedral town, where she had led the fashion until she was as near forty- five as a single lady can be.
A Gothic cathedral affirms that it was done by us and not done by us.