Definitions of cardinal

  1. being or denoting a numerical quantity but not order; " cardinal numbers"
  2. a variable color averaging a vivid red
  3. ( Roman Catholic Church) one of a group of more than 100 prominent bishops in the Sacred College who advise the Pope and elect new Popes
  4. the number of elements in a mathematical set; denotes a quantity but not the order
  5. serving as an essential component; " a cardinal rule"; " the central cause of the problem"; " an example that was fundamental to the argument"; " computers are fundamental to modern industrial structure"
  6. Of fundamental importance; preeminent; superior; chief; principal.
  7. One of the ecclesiastical princes who constitute the pope's council, or the sacred college.
  8. A woman's short cloak with a hood.
  9. Mulled red wine.
  10. Chief; important; of a rich red color; necessary; as, justice is one of the cardinal virtues.
  11. A high official in the Roman Catholic Church, appointed by the Pope; a cardinal- bird; a rich red color.
  12. Denoting that on which a thing hinges or depends: principal.
  13. A dignitary in the R. C. Church next to the pope.
  14. A dignitary of the Catholic church.
  15. Principal; chief; pre- eminent.
  16. Of prime importance; chief.
  17. Of a rich red color; vermilion.
  18. One of the princes of the Roman Catholic Church.
  19. The American red bird, a red crested finch. cardinalbird.
  20. A bright and rich red color.
  21. Chief; principal; pre- eminent, or fundamental.
  22. A dignitary of the Roman Church, next in rank to the Pope; a woman's short cloak: mulled red wine. Cardinal numbers, the numbers one, two, three, & c., in distinction from first, second, third, & c., which are ordinal numbers. Cardinal points, the four points of the compass. Cardinal signs, Aries, Libra, Cancer, and Capricorn, or the two equinoxes and two solstices. Cardinal virtues, with the ancients. Prudence, Temperance, Justice, and Fortitude.
  23. That on which other things turn; chief; principal; fundamental.
  24. The hinge of a bivalve shell, or to the cardo of many insects.

Usage examples for cardinal

  1. I went directly to the cardinal and gave myself up in her place." – Sant' Ilario by F. Marion Crawford
  2. The crab- apple is one of the trees preferred as a nesting site by the cardinal. – The Forest Habitat of the University of Kansas Natural History Reservation by Henry S. Fitch Ronald L. McGregor
  3. In the meantime, the Cardinal Gianbattista Orsini had breathed his last in the Castle of Sant' Angelo. – The Life of Cesare Borgia by Raphael Sabatini
  4. Yet there is one cardinal difference between them. – Natural Law in the Spiritual World by Henry Drummond
  5. But, either those of whom the pious Cardinal received this information have exaggerated, or at least we must suppose that the public officers continued to exercise their duties, since without it the government could not subsist an instant. – The Power Of The Popes by Pierre Claude François Daunou
  6. Cardinal Ascanio's numerous enemies took care to keep the accusation alive at the Vatican, and Ascanio, in fear for his life, had left Rome and fled to Grottaferrata. – The Life of Cesare Borgia by Raphael Sabatini
  7. Seven cardinal sins; but what of the eighth? – The Price She Paid by David Graham Phillips
  8. " Cardinal Wiseman's interesting work contains suggestions of real value. – Mattie:--A Stray (Vol 3 of 3) by Frederick William Robinson
  9. In the afternoon there were tidings that the Lord Mayor, Sir Thomas Rest had been sent for to my Lord Cardinal, who just at this time, during the building at York House, was lodging in his house close to Temple Bar. – The Armourer's Prentices by Charlotte Mary Yonge
  10. To have heard her, you would have thought that the cure and the Cardinal ought to be kicked downstairs. – The Memoirs of Louis XIV., Volume 13 And His Court and of The Regency by Duc de Saint-Simon
  11. He should have been made a Cardinal. – A Mummer's Tale by Anatole France
  12. 2. Did he learn that the cardinal had fallen into disgrace? – French Conversation and Composition by Harry Vincent Wann
  13. While I was dressing the Emperor the first day of the year, or the day before, one of his ministers was introduced; and the Emperor having inquired the news in Paris, as he always did of those whom he saw early in the morning, the minister replied, " I saw Cardinal Caprara late yesterday evening, and I learned from him a very singular circumstance." – The Project Gutenberg Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte by Bourrienne, Constant, and Stewarton
  14. Cardinal Loaisa was appointed in 1546, and died in the same year; the time of his administration may be said to be twelve months. – The History of the Inquisition of Spain from the Time of its Establishment to the Reign of Ferdinand VII. by Juan Antonio Llorente
  15. There are clock faces under small gables on each cardinal side, and at the top of it all rises a short eight- sided spire. – Portuguese Architecture by Walter Crum Watson
  16. You can see what happened to Cardinal Tindaro. – Cæsar or Nothing by Pío Baroja Baroja