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cathedral

[kuh-thee-druh l] /kəˈθi drəl/
noun
1.
the principal church of a diocese, containing the bishop's throne.
2.
(in nonepiscopal denominations) any of various important churches.
adjective
3.
pertaining to or containing a bishop's throne.
4.
pertaining to or emanating from a chair of office or authority.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English < Late Latin cathedrālis (ecclesia) a cathedral (church). See cathedra, -al1
Related forms
cathedrallike, adjective
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Examples for cathedrals
  • The funerals of those famous within the community are invariably held at cathedrals.
  • Some cathedrals also have a chapter house where the chapter could meet.
  • For these reason, tourists have travelled to cathedrals for hundred of years.
British Dictionary definitions for cathedrals

cathedral

/kəˈθiːdrəl/
noun
1.
  1. the principal church of a diocese, containing the bishop's official throne
  2. (as modifier) a cathedral city, cathedral clergy
Word Origin
C13: from Late Latin (ecclesia) cathedrālis cathedral (church), from cathedra bishop's throne, from Greek kathedra seat
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Word Origin and History for cathedrals
cathedral
1587, "church of a bishop," from phrase cathedral church (c.1300), translating L.L. ecclesia cathedralis "church of a bishop's seat," from Gk. kathedra "seat, bench," from kata "down" + hedra "seat, base, chair, face of a geometric solid," from PIE base *sed- "to sit" (see sedentary).
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cathedrals in Culture

cathedral definition


A Christian church building in which a bishop has his official seat (cathedra is Latin for “chair”). A cathedral is usually large and imposing, and many cathedrals are important in the history of architecture. (See Chartres, Notre Dame de Paris, and Saint Paul's Cathedral.)

cathedral definition


A church building in which a Christian bishop has his official seat; cathedra is Latin for “chair.” Cathedrals are usually large and imposing, and many have been important in the development of architecture. The building of a cathedral, especially in the Middle Ages, was a project in which the entire town took part. (See Chartres; Notre Dame de Paris; and Saint Paul's Cathedral.)

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