Definitions of cardinal

  1. ( 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
  2. A high official in the Roman Catholic Church, appointed by the Pope; a cardinal- bird; a rich red color.
  3. A dignitary in the R. C. Church next to the pope.
  4. A dignitary of the Catholic church.
  5. One of the princes of the Roman Catholic Church.
  6. The American red bird, a red crested finch. cardinalbird.
  7. A bright and rich red color.
  8. 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.
  9. 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"
  10. Of fundamental importance; preeminent; superior; chief; principal.
  11. One of the ecclesiastical princes who constitute the pope's council, or the sacred college.
  12. A woman's short cloak with a hood.
  13. Mulled red wine.
  14. Chief; important; of a rich red color; necessary; as, justice is one of the cardinal virtues.
  15. Denoting that on which a thing hinges or depends: principal.
  16. Principal; chief; pre- eminent.
  17. Of prime importance; chief.
  18. Of a rich red color; vermilion.
  19. Chief; principal; pre- eminent, or fundamental.
  20. That on which other things turn; chief; principal; fundamental.
  21. The hinge of a bivalve shell, or to the cardo of many insects.