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.
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- 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
A church building in which a Christian bishop has his official seat; cathedra is Latin for chair.
A Christian church building in which a bishop has his official seat (cathedra is Latin for chair).
The word cathedra, so expressive in the language of antiquity, has gradually been replaced in liturgical usage, by throne (thronus) or seat (sedes).
He sat there, as teachers do in cathedra -- in the chair of instruction.
The chief Church in a diocese is called a Cathedral because the bishop's cathedra, that is, his seat or throne, is erected in it, and because he celebrates all important feasts and performs all his special duties in it.
Therefore Peter first sat in that single cathedra, which is the first gift of the Church, to him succeeded Linus … to Damasus, Siricius, who is our contemporary, with whom the world together with us agree in one fellowship of communion by the interchange of letters.
Her cathedra was a high arm-chair which she never quitted but to be carried to her observatory on the roof of the house, where she kept her astrological tablets and manuscripts.
If, however, there was a bishop in charge of the missionary priests, deacons, and laymen who lived there together, there must necessarily have been a "cathedra" in the church they used.
Augustinian monastery, is the lecture-room and the ancient "cathedra" from which he delivered those lectures which laid the foundation of his fame in the early years of his professorship.
It is not a cathedral; that is, it is not the "cathedra" of a bishop.