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cathedra

[kuh-thee-druh, kath-i-] /kəˈθi drə, ˈkæθ ɪ-/
noun, plural cathedrae
[kuh-thee-dree, kath-i-dree] /kəˈθi dri, ˈkæθ ɪˌdri/ (Show IPA)
1.
the seat or throne of a bishop in the principal church of a diocese.
2.
an official chair, as of a professor in a university.
3.
an ancient Roman chair used by women, having an inclined, curved back and curved legs flaring outward: the Roman copy of the Greek klismos.
Origin
1625-1635
1625-35; < Latin < Greek kathédra, derivative of kathézomai to sit down; see cata-, sit; cf. chair
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British Dictionary definitions for cathedra

cathedra

/kəˈθiːdrə/
noun
1.
a bishop's throne
2.
the office or rank of a bishop
3.
Word Origin
from Latin: chair
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Word Origin and History for cathedra
n.

"seat of a bishop in his church," Latin, literally "chair" (see cathedral).

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Encyclopedia Article for cathedra

(Latin: "chair," or "seat"), Roman chair of heavy structure derived from the klismos-a lighter, more delicate chair developed by the ancient Greeks

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