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American English: /ˈkɑrd(ə)nl/
British English: /ˈkɑːd(ɪ)n(ə)l/

Translation of cardinal in Spanish:


  • 1 (Religion)
    Example sentences
    • The cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church are sealed into the Sistine Chapel for a very secret ballot.
    • Certainly the pope and the church's cardinals and bishops must correct the mistakes of the past.
    • On his first full day as a cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, an 82-year-old Jesuit priest was doing a little exploring.
  • 3 (Zoology)
    Example sentences
    • As we had learned from those first brave chickadees, the cardinal, the robin family, and now the sparrow, communion with another life can change your perspective on the world.
    • Use a feeder that holds sunflower seeds to draw cardinals, towhees and blue jays.
    • Tube feeders come in many sizes and attract jays, cardinals, finches, chickadees, titmice and others.


  • (rule/idea)
    Example sentences
    • Hospital cleaning - although an issue of cardinal importance - is a subject to which only a proportion of the public relate.
    • This I regard as being a point of cardinal importance in the present case.
    • Although the Ten Commandments are of cardinal importance, all the commandments were given by God and are essential to Judaism.
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