cathedral

cathedral meaning

On a trip to Europe, many visitors appreciate the stunning architecture of large churches known as cathedrals.

The word cathedral comes from a Latin word meaning “seat.” The seat referred to is the seat of the bishop, who is the leader of a group of churches related to the cathedral. The bishop’s seat is both a metaphor for the cathedral as the bishop’s “seat of power” and his actual chair, the “cathedra,” inside the cathedral. Originally a cathedral was called a “cathedral church,” with cathedral as an adjective, but it is now a noun.

Definitions of cathedral
  1. noun

    the principal Christian church building of a bishop’s diocese

    synonyms:
    duomo

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    type of:

    church, church building

    a place for public (especially Christian) worship
  2. noun

    any large and important church

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    examples:

    Chartres Cathedral

    a Gothic cathedral in northern France; built in 13th century
    Westminster Abbey

    a famous Gothic church of St. Peter in Westminster, London on the site of a former Benedictine monastery

    types:

    minster

    any of certain cathedrals and large churches; originally connected to a monastery

    type of:

    church, church building

    a place for public (especially Christian) worship
  3. adjective

    relating to or containing or issuing from a bishop’s office or throne

    “a
    cathedral church”
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