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

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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 Brock and Venom ultimately do make up, teaming to fight the far more powerful Carnage in a large-scale battle through a San Francisco cathedral. Robert Daniels, Los Angeles Times, 30 Sep. 2021 The installation will be livestreamed from the cathedral website at covcathedral.com. Jeanne Houck, The Enquirer, 29 Sep. 2021 The cathedral, also the seat of the Episcopal Church’s presiding bishop and Diocese of Washington, regularly serves as the setting for ceremonies tied to major national events. Peter Smith, The Christian Science Monitor, 24 Sep. 2021 Visitors can sit behind the wheel of futuristic cars, flip through books in a pretend library, wander into a neon cathedral with a playable pipe organ, or enter a beauty salon, pizzeria or grocery store, each with its own surreal twist. New York Times, 24 Sep. 2021 The cathedral, also the seat of the Episcopal Church's presiding bishop and Diocese of Washington, often serves as the setting for major national events. Arkansas Online, 24 Sep. 2021 Both projects are expected to be completed by 2023 and permanently installed in the cathedral that year. Veronica Stracqualursi, CNN, 23 Sep. 2021 Steam charter service that runs to cathedral cities, coastal resorts and along heritage lines in the United Kingdom. Washington Post, 16 Sep. 2021 All of this is in the cavernous atrium, the cathedral or grotto space. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 11 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There is a 15th-century castle, and the cathedral has one of the finest mosaic floors in Italy, with zodiac signs, the Tower of Babel, and even Alexander the Great on there, all done in the 12th century. Julia Buckley, Travel + Leisure, 30 Sep. 2021 The cathedral removed them in 2017, prompted by a larger national reckoning over Confederate imagery and white supremacy in the wake of a series of deadly attacks. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 26 Sep. 2021 The cathedral removed them in 2017, prompted by a larger national reckoning over Confederate imagery and white supremacy in the wake of deadly right-wing attacks in Charlottesville, Virginia, that year and in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2015. Peter Smith, The Christian Science Monitor, 24 Sep. 2021 Poet Elizabeth Alexander will write a poem to be inscribed in stone tablets alongside the windows, overlaying older tablets that venerated the lives of Confederate soldiers, the cathedral said in a statement. Arkansas Online, 24 Sep. 2021 In 2016, the cathedral's leaders voted to remove the Confederate battle flags from the windows, replacing them with plain glass panes. Veronica Stracqualursi, CNN, 23 Sep. 2021 Although Meier’s games were ill-suited for Atari, the cathedral was about to collapse, anyway. Neima Jahromi, The New Yorker, 22 Sep. 2021 The new façade honors the vision of Camillus Paul Maes, Covington's third bishop, who modeled the cathedral's exterior after Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral, the release states. Quinlan Bentley, The Enquirer, 7 June 2021 Soon the grand cathedral will have company on the corner of Ross and Henderson Avenue with the construction of a new rental community. Steve Brown, Dallas News, 3 June 2021

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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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cathedra

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“Cathedral.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cathedral. Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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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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