from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The principal church of a bishop's diocese, containing the episcopal throne.
- n. A large, important church.
- n. Something that resembles a cathedral, as in grandeur or authority.
- adj. Of, relating to, or containing a bishop's throne: a cathedral church.
- adj. Relating to or issuing from a chair of office or authority; authoritative.
- adj. Of, relating to, or resembling a cathedral: tall trees whose branches met to form cathedral arches over the path.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A big church building, central place for some area.
- n. The principal church of a bishop's diocese which contains an episcopal throne.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The principal church in a diocese, so called because in it the bishop has his official chair (Cathedra) or throne.
- adj. Pertaining to the head church of a diocese.
- adj. Emanating from the chair of office, as of a pope or bishop; official; authoritative.
- adj. Resembling the aisles of a cathedral.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Containing a bishop's seat, or used especially for episcopal services; serving or adapted for use as a cathedral: as, a cathedral church.
- Pertaining to a cathedral; connected with or suggesting a cathedral; characteristic of cathedrals: as, a cathedral service; cathedral music; the cathedral walks of a forest.
- Emanating from or relating to a chair of office or official position; hence, having or displaying authority; authoritative.
- n. The principal church in a diocese, which is specially the church of the bishop: so called from the fact that it contains the episcopal chair or cathedra.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. relating to or containing or issuing from a bishop's office or throne
- n. the principal Christian church building of a bishop's diocese
- n. any large and important church
Short for cathedral church, from Middle English cathedral, of a diocese, from Old French, from Medieval Latin cathedrālis, of a bishop's see, from Latin cathedra, chair; see cathedra.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From cathedral church, from Late Latin ecclēsia cathedrālis ("church having a bishop's seat"), from Ancient Greek καθέδρα (kathedra, "chair of a teacher, throne"), from κατά (kata, "down") + ἕδρα (hedra, "seat"). (Wiktionary)