Roman Catholic

noun

Definition of Roman Catholic 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a member of the Roman Catholic Church

Roman Catholic

adjective

Definition of Roman Catholic (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or being a Christian church having a hierarchy of priests and bishops under the pope, a liturgy centered in the Mass, veneration of the Virgin Mary and saints, clerical celibacy, and a body of dogma including transubstantiation and papal infallibility

First Known Use of Roman Catholic

Noun

1581, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1614, in the meaning defined above

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Roman Catholic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of Roman Catholic

: belonging or relating to the Christian church that is led by the pope

Roman Catholic

adjective

Kids Definition of Roman Catholic

: belonging to or relating to the Christian church led by the pope

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