ca·​the·​dra kə-ˈthē-drə How to pronounce cathedra (audio)
: a bishop's official throne

Examples of cathedra in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Orthodox communion has little choice but to engage this situation robustly, for the present patriarch of Moscow is on the brink of turning his cathedra into a slaughter bench, and himself into the accomplice of a war criminal. Tim Kelleher, National Review, 3 Mar. 2022

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Word History


Latin, chair — more at chair

First Known Use

circa 1797, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cathedra was circa 1797

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“Cathedra.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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