catholic

adjective
cath·​o·​lic | \ ˈkath-lik How to pronounce catholic (audio) , 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 How to pronounce Catholic (audio) , 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 How to pronounce Catholic (audio) \ adverb
catholicize \ kə-​ˈthä-​lə-​ˌsīz How to pronounce Catholic (audio) \ 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 In 1960s San Francisco, a once-promising catholic school girl, Celina Guerrera (Lorenza Izzo), sets out to rise above the oppression of poverty and invest in a future for herself and her son that sets new precedents for the time. Mia Galuppo, Billboard, 10 Feb. 2021 There’s a catholic impulse in the origins of Minimalism. Kyle Chayka, The New Republic, 15 May 2020 Though school administrators seem surprised by the actions, an alleged former student took to social media after the news broke, to share that racist behavior at the catholic school is not uncommon. Tanya A. Christian, Essence, 16 Jan. 2020 Having poured over the 220 issues of the magazine edited by Daves, Tuite has organized her own book into eight sections focused on subjects from cocktail dressing to culture that demonstrate the breadth of Daves’s catholic interests. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, 16 Dec. 2019 But since no one Mexican expat group dominates Mira Loma like, say, Oaxacans in Koreatown or chilangos in Santa Ana, Casa Diaz is catholic in offerings and presentation. Gustavo Arellanostaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 15 Aug. 2019 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, 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, 12 Apr. 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/catholic. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for catholic

catholic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of catholic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to the Roman Catholic Church
formal : 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 How to pronounce catholic (audio) , 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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