Definition of cathedral in English:


Syllabification: ca·the·dral
Pronunciation: /kəˈTHēdrəl


The principal church of a diocese, with which the bishop is officially associated: [in names]: St. Paul’s Cathedral
More example sentences
  • With the exception of Worcester Cathedral, William appointed Norman bishops to these cathedrals.
  • And what is true of the Minster is true of the cathedrals and parish churches throughout the land.
  • Thus early monasteries may be associated with cathedrals, colleges, and minsters.


Middle English (as an adjective, the noun being short for cathedral church 'the church that contains the bishop's throne'): from late Latin cathedralis, from Latin cathedra 'seat', from Greek kathedra.

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