catholic

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adjective cath·o·lic \ˈkath-lik, ˈka-thə-\

Definition of catholic

  1. 1a often capitalized :  of, relating to, or forming the church universalb often capitalized :  of, relating to, or forming the ancient undivided Christian church or a church claiming historical continuity from itc capitalized :  roman catholic Her son goes to a Catholic school.

  2. 2 :  comprehensive, universal; especially :  broad in sympathies, tastes, or interests a catholic taste in music

catholically

play \kə-ˈthä-li-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

catholicize

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Examples of catholic in a Sentence

  1. She is a novelist who is catholic in her interests.

  2. a museum director with catholic tastes in art

Origin and Etymology of catholic

Middle English catholik, from Medieval French & Late Latin; Medieval French catholique, from Late Latin catholicus, from Greek katholikos universal, general, from katholou in general, from kata by + holos whole — more at cata-, safe


First Known Use: 14th century

Other Christian Religious Terms


Catholic

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noun Cath·o·lic \ˈkath-lik, ˈka-thə-\

Definition of Catholic

  1. 1 :  a person who belongs to the universal Christian church

  2. 2 :  a member of a Catholic church; especially :  roman catholic

15th Century

First Known Use of catholic

15th century

Other Christian Religious Terms


CATHOLIC Defined for English Language Learners

catholic

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adjective cath·o·lic \ˈkath-lik, ˈka-thə-\

Definition of catholic for English Language Learners

  • Catholic : of or relating to the Roman Catholic Church

  • : including many different things

Catholic

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noun Cath·o·lic \ˈkath-lik, ˈka-thə-\

Definition of Catholic for English Language Learners

  • : a person who is a member of the Roman Catholic Church


CATHOLIC Defined for Kids

catholic

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adjective cath·o·lic \ˈkath-lik, ˈka-thə-\

Definition of catholic for Students

  1. 1 :  including many different things or types Mae and Tuck clattered on … past a catholic mixture of houses … — Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting

  2. 2 cap :  of or relating to the Roman Catholic church


Catholic

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noun cath·o·lic

Definition of Catholic for Students

  1. :  a member of the Roman Catholic church



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