catholic

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

Definition of catholic

1 a 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

catholically

play \kə-ˈthä-li-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

catholicize

play \-ˈthä-lə-ˌsīz\ verb

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

Other Christian Religious Terms


Catholic

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

Definition of Catholic

1 :a person who belongs to the universal Christian church
2 :a member of a Catholic church; especially :roman catholic

First Known Use of catholic

15th century

Other Christian Religious Terms


CATHOLIC Defined for English Language Learners

catholic

adjective

Definition of catholic for English Language Learners

  • Catholic : of or relating to the Roman Catholic Church

  • : including many different things


Catholic

noun

Definition of Catholic for English Language Learners

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


CATHOLIC Defined for Kids

catholic

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

Definition of catholic for Students

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

Definition of Catholic for Students

:a member of the Roman Catholic church


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