cathedral

adjective
ca·​the·​dral | \ kə-ˈthē-drəl How to pronounce cathedral (audio) \

Definition of cathedral

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or containing a cathedra
2 : emanating from a chair of authority
3 : suggestive of a cathedral a cathedral grove of redwoods

cathedral

noun

Definition of cathedral (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a church that is the official seat of a diocesan bishop
2 : something that resembles or suggests a cathedral (as in size or importance) a cathedral of business the sports cathedral

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Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of cathedral in a Sentence

Noun the company didn't want just a new office building—it demanded a cathedral that proclaimed its place among the giants of finance
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective This will be the first time since the French Revolution that the Notre Dame Cathedral, which is currently undergoing a lengthy construction process, has not held a Christmas mass, cathedral rector Patrick Chauvet told the Associated Press. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, "Notre Dame Cathedral Skipping Christmas Mass for First Time in 200 Years After Devastating Fire," 23 Dec. 2019 To get that space, Hickey designed a 20-foot-by-28-foot great room addition with cathedral ceilings. BostonGlobe.com, "by Elizabeth Ricketson from Libby Silvia Artstyle ties to the colors outdoors while the console’s seagrass-covered doors bring in natural texture. The Kelly Wearstler," 26 Oct. 2019 The investigation began in November 2017, but the importance of the probe was highlighted in March 2018, when a former Russian spy and his daughter were poisoned with a chemical nerve agent in the cathedral city of Salisbury in southern England. BostonGlobe.com, "Clinton: UK voters must see Russian influence report - The Boston Globe," 13 Nov. 2019 The investigation began in November 2017, but the importance of the probe was highlighted in March 2018, when a former Russian spy and his daughter were poisoned with a chemical nerve agent in the cathedral city of Salisbury in southern England. BostonGlobe.com, "Clinton: UK voters must see Russian influence report - The Boston Globe," 13 Nov. 2019 The investigation began in November 2017, but the importance of the probe was highlighted in March 2018, when a former Russian spy and his daughter were poisoned with a chemical nerve agent in the cathedral city of Salisbury in southern England. BostonGlobe.com, "Clinton: UK voters must see Russian influence report - The Boston Globe," 13 Nov. 2019 Just south of downtown at Believe Music Hall, lasers scatter into fractals and reflect off stained glass windows as bass reverberates from the vaulted cathedral ceiling. Katey Ceccarelli, Billboard, "Where to Dance In: Atlanta," 29 Oct. 2019 In the film, Springsteen performs in front of a live audience under the cathedral ceiling of his family’s giant old barn with a backing band and orchestra. John Carucci, Detroit Free Press, "Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Western Stars’ shows he’s the Boss of film, too," 23 Oct. 2019 The investigation began in November 2017, but the importance of the probe was highlighted in March 2018, when a former Russian spy and his daughter were poisoned with a chemical nerve agent in the cathedral city of Salisbury in southern England. Danica Kirka, Fortune, "Hillary Clinton Astonished Why Britain Hasn’t Released Report on Russian Influence in UK Politics," 12 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Bishop-elect Curry will be consecrated as a bishop in a service on June 27 at the cathedral, taking the assistant position of bishop coadjutor, then will take over as head of the diocese at the end of the year. al, "First woman bishop elected for Episcopal Diocese of Alabama," 18 Jan. 2020 For more than two centuries, Christmas Masses have been held at the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "For the First Time in 200 Years, Christmas Services Will Not Be Held at Notre-Dame," 25 Dec. 2019 Others walk parts of it and return another time for the final hike to the shrine of St. James at the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "Rainy fall weather got you daydreaming about travel? Here are some fun itineraries to consider," 21 Sep. 2019 While the billionaire donors delay signing their checks, the workers at the cathedral can afford no such luxury as the risk of lead poisoning has become an issue for the Parisian island on which Notre Dame is located. Thomas Adamson, BostonGlobe.com, "French tycoons stall on Notre-Dame restoration donations," 14 June 2019 While the billionaire donors delay signing their checks, the workers at the cathedral can afford no such luxury as the risk of lead poisoning has become an issue for the Parisian island on which Notre Dame is located. Thomas Adamson, chicagotribune.com, "Who's paying for repair work at Notre Dame Cathedral? French billionaires? Nope, so far it's mostly U.S. donors.," 14 June 2019 The statement, issued in the name of three of the cathedral's top leaders — Revs. NBC News, "National Cathedral likens Trump to Joseph McCarthy, condemns his 'racialized rhetoric'," 31 July 2019 Specialists are still working to stabilize the cathedral's structure before reconstruction work begins. Fox News, "Heat wave threatens Notre Dame repair efforts as temperature records tumble across Europe," 24 July 2019 Clad in cathedral-length red garments, the singers give the appearance of being engaged in a religious rite more than simply in a romantic encounter. Mary Spencer, National Review, "Philip Glass’s Akhnaten Brings Ancient Egyptian Piety to Life," 14 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of cathedral

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of cathedral was in the 14th century

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27 Jan 2020

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“Cathedral.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cathedral. Accessed 29 January 2020.

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cathedral

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cathedral

: the main church of an area that is headed by a bishop

cathedral

noun
ca·​the·​dral | \ kə-ˈthē-drəl How to pronounce cathedral (audio) \

Kids Definition of cathedral

: the principal church of a district headed by a bishop

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