catholic

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

Definition of catholic 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a often capitalized : of, relating to, or forming the church universal

b often capitalized : of, relating to, or forming the ancient undivided Christian church or a church claiming historical continuity from it

c capitalized : roman catholic Her son goes to a Catholic school.

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

Catholic

noun
Cath·o·lic | \ˈkath-lik, ˈka-thə-\

Definition of Catholic (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a person who belongs to the universal Christian church

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

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Other Words from catholic

Adjective

catholically \kə-ˈthä-li-k(ə-)lē \ adverb
catholicize \-ˈthä-lə-ˌsīz \ verb

Examples of catholic in a Sentence

Adjective

She is a novelist who is catholic in her interests. a museum director with catholic tastes in art

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

But that catholic business model had become much harder to pull off in the face of Amazon’s near-monopoly on e-books and its ever-growing chunk of the physical book market. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Peter Mayer, the Fiery Sage of Publishing," 23 May 2018 But neither of those talking points come close to summing up a man of relentless, zeitgeisty, catholic creative drive. Noah Johnson, GQ, "Cali Thornhill Dewitt and the Ghosts of Los Angeles," 12 Apr. 2018 Restoration is inherently more ambitious than its partner album, Revamp, which brings in a catholic selection of pop stars to cover John's songs. Elias Leight, Billboard, "Producer Frank Liddell Explains How Bernie Taupin Tested Him for the Elton John Country Tribute Album," 6 Apr. 2018 Roland was a long-time parishioner of Saint Rose Church in East Hartford and was a devoted catholic man. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Roland Edward Antil," 25 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of catholic

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for catholic

Adjective

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

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catholic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of catholic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

Catholic : of or relating to the Roman Catholic Church

: including many different things

Catholic

noun

English Language Learners Definition of Catholic (Entry 2 of 2)

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

catholic

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

Kids Definition of catholic

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

2 capitalized : of or relating to the Roman Catholic church

Catholic

noun

Kids Definition of Catholic

: a member of the Roman Catholic church

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