car·​di·​nal·​ate ˈkärd-nə-lət How to pronounce cardinalate (audio)
: the office, rank, or dignity of a cardinal

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Renouncing the rights of the cardinalate is especially rare. Washington Post, 24 Sep. 2020 Resignation from the cardinalate is extremely rare. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, 28 July 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1601, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cardinalate was in 1601

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“Cardinalate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

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