ca·​the·​dra | \ kə-ˈthē-drə How to pronounce cathedra (audio) \

Definition of cathedra

: a bishop's official throne

Examples of cathedra in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Biden, who stayed overnight at Blair House, a building across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House, road briefly in a motorcade to the cathedra along a route guarded by hundreds of National Guard troops. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, "Joe Biden attends Mass at Cathedral of St. Matthew, site of JFK funeral and iconic image," 21 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of cathedra

circa 1797, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cathedra

Latin, chair — more at chair

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“Cathedra.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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