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 for cathedral

Synonyms: Noun

edifice, hall, palace, tower

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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

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After the service, families of the dead planned to plant an olive tree on the cathedral grounds before a national minute of silence at 4:30 p.m. The words #LondonUnited were due to be projected onto the bridge late Sunday. Jill Lawless, chicagotribune.com, "U.K. remembers London Bridge attack victims on 1st anniversary," 3 June 2018 Scattered across a forested campus between Canggu and Ubud, the open classrooms are built out of sustainably harvested bamboo bent into soaring, cathedral-like spires and designed by Hardy’s daughter Elora, founder of the architecture firm Ibuku. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Finding the Bali You Came For," 16 Nov. 2018 Meghan opted for a cathedral length veil, embroidered with the 50 flowers of the British commonwealth. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Princess Eugenie's Wedding Dress Compared to Meghan Markle's–and Kate Middleton's," 12 Oct. 2018 Some have private lanai hot tubs, and all have ocean views and cathedral ceilings. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Resorts in Hawaii: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 England is basking in unexpected World Cup success as coach Gareth Southgate is elevated to national hero status, cathedral organs belt out football anthems and the country prepares to shut down for Wednesday's semi-final. Pirate Irwin, chicagotribune.com, "Southgate, England bask in unexpected World Cup success," 8 July 2018 The cathedral stairway was brought piece by piece from England. Lauren Beale, latimes.com, "Vintage SoCal: Menagerie kept La Cañada Flintridge estate a little wild," 22 June 2018 The cathedral bells would toll 27 times to mark each year of the slain officer's life. Fox News, "The Latest: Special Mass scheduled for slain officer," 26 Apr. 2018 Details include cathedral ceilings, oak floors and skylights. Lauren Beale, latimes.com, "French tenor Sébastien Izambard reprises his role as seller in Malibu," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Members of the Frost family took over the property and started a dry-goods store there that developed into Frost Bank, which completed its 12-story building next to the cathedral in 1922. Paula Allen, San Antonio Express-News, "Short street in downtown San Antonio has long history, honors old settlers," 17 Mar. 2018 Last year, Nardella told city workers to hose down popular tourist sites, such as the city's cathedrals, to discourage tourists from sitting and snacking, The Local reported at the time. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Tourists to Florence will now be fined for eating on the street," 6 Sep. 2018 But the home also has elements that aren’t at all nautical, such as the living room’s high cathedral ceiling and fireplace. Candace Taylor, WSJ, "Nautical Homes: Indulging a Passion Without Going Overboard," 16 May 2018 Wood-beam cathedral ceilings, ornate ironwork and lancet-style windows are among the architectural details. Neal J. Leitereg, latimes.com, "Beverly Hills-area mansion with ‘Real Housewives’ connection lists for $22 million," 10 May 2018 The 2,000-square-foot house is designed with three multi-sided rooms with wood-beam cathedral ceilings, connected by two rectangular rooms. Kevin Brass, New York Times, "House Hunting in … Belize," 11 Apr. 2018 The unique tented cathedral ceilings make the living room feel extra-large, but still cozy at the same time. Rori Kotch, Country Living, "You'll Never Guess Which Classic American Author's Cottage is for Rent," 10 July 2015 Without their endowments these cathedrals, chapels and synagogues couldn’t keep the lights on. WSJ, "What to Do With Empty Churches," 31 Jan. 2019 Towns are marked by their cathedrals, convents and roadside shrines, where the Virgin watches passing traffic or St. George slays the dragon. Tim Sullivan, The Seattle Times, "AP finds long history of nuns abused by priests in India," 1 Jan. 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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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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