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Definitions of cardinal

  1. (Roman Catholic Church) one of a group of more than 100 prominent bishops in the Sacred College who advise the Pope and elect new Popes Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. A high official in the Roman Catholic Church, appointed by the Pope; a cardinal-bird; a rich red color. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. A dignitary in the R. C. Church next to the pope. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  4. A dignitary of the Catholic church. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. One of the princes of the Roman Catholic Church. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. The American red bird, a red crested finch. cardinalbird. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. A bright and rich red color. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. A dignitary of the Roman Church, next in rank to the Pope; a woman's short cloak: mulled red wine. Cardinal numbers, the numbers one, two, three, &c., in distinction from first, second, third, &c., which are ordinal numbers. Cardinal points, the four points of the compass. Cardinal signs, Aries, Libra, Cancer, and Capricorn, or the two equinoxes and two solstices. Cardinal virtues, with the ancients. Prudence, Temperance, Justice, and Fortitude. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  9. serving as an essential component; "a cardinal rule"; "the central cause of the problem"; "an example that was fundamental to the argument"; "computers are fundamental to modern industrial structure" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. Of fundamental importance; preeminent; superior; chief; principal. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. One of the ecclesiastical princes who constitute the pope's council, or the sacred college. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. A woman's short cloak with a hood. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. Mulled red wine. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. Chief; important; of a rich red color; necessary; as, justice is one of the cardinal virtues. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  15. Denoting that on which a thing hinges or depends: principal. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  16. Principal; chief; pre-eminent. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  17. Of prime importance; chief. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. Of a rich red color; vermilion. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  19. Chief; principal; pre-eminent, or fundamental. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  20. That on which other things turn; chief; principal; fundamental. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  21. The hinge of a bivalve shell, or to the cardo of many insects. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.

Usage examples for cardinal

  1. I went directly to the cardinal and gave myself up in her place." – Sant' Ilario by F. Marion Crawford
  2. The crab- apple is one of the trees preferred as a nesting site by the cardinal – The Forest Habitat of the University of Kansas Natural History Reservation by Henry S. Fitch Ronald L. McGregor
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