Variant of cardinal
- of main importance; principal; chief
- bright-red, like the robe of a cardinal
Origin: Middle English ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin cardinalis, principal, chief ; from cardo, that on which something turns or depends, origin, originally , door hinge: see scherzo
- one of the Roman Catholic officials appointed by the pope to his council ( College of Cardinals)
- bright red
- a woman's short cloak, originally red and usually hooded, fashionable in the 18th cent.
Origin: so named because colored like a cardinal's robeany of various passerine birds (family Emberizidae); esp., a bright-red, crested American species (Cardinalis cardinalis) with a red bill
- cardinal number
Origin: ME < LL(Ec) cardinalis, chief presbyter, cardinal < the L adj.