Definition of cathedral in English:
- 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.
First used in the term cathedral church, a church containing the bishop's throne, cathedral comes from the Latin word for a seat or throne, cathedra, which is also the source of chair (Middle English). The term ex cathedra, meaning ‘with the full authority of office’, is a reference to the authority of the pope; its literal meaning in Latin is ‘from the chair’.
Words that rhyme with cathedralanhedral, dihedral, tetrahedral
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