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Definition of "cathedral" [ca•the•dral]

  • The principal church of a bishop's diocese, containing the episcopal throne. (noun)
  • A large, important church. (noun)
  • Something that resembles a cathedral, as in grandeur or authority. (noun)
  • Of, relating to, or containing a bishop's throne: a cathedral church. (adjective)
  • Relating to or issuing from a chair of office or authority; authoritative. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "cathedral" in a sentence
  • "She had a two-storey apartment, and in part of it they'd gone right through the ceiling to make what they call a cathedral ceiling."
  • "Alongside the cathedral is a more modern branch of a bank that replaced a fantastically Moorish cinema building - long since demolished."
  • "In the cathedral is the tomb of the Emperor Yturbide, and superb paintings, some by"