from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A bishop's official chair or throne.
  • n. The office or see of a bishop.
  • n. The official chair of an office or a position, as of a professor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The chair or throne of a bishop.
  • n. The rank of a bishop.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The official chair or throne of a bishop, or of any person in high authority.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The throne or seat of a bishop in the cathedral or episcopal church of his diocese.
  • n. Hence The official chair of any one entitled or professing to teach with authority, as a professor.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a throne that is the official chair of a bishop


Middle English, from Latin, chair, from Greek kathedrā : kat-, kata-, cata- + hedrā, seat; see sed- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin cathedra ("seat"), from Ancient Greek καθέδρα (kathedra, "chair of a teacher, throne"), from κατά (kata, "down") + ἕδρα (hedra, "seat") (Wiktionary)



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  • A few senses, take your pick, and mine is: "an ancient Roman chair used by women, having an inclined, curved back and curved legs flaring outward: the Roman copy of the Greek klismos".

    November 22, 2007