cathedra[kat̸h′i drə, kə t̸hē′drə]
- the throne of a bishop in a cathedral
- the episcopal see
- any seat of high authority
Origin: Classical Latin a chair, office of a teacher (in Ecclesiastical Late Latin of a bishop) ; from Classical Greek kathedra, a seat, bench ; from kata-, down plush hedra, a seat ; from hezesthai, sit
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noun pl. ca·the·drae
- A bishop's official chair or throne.
- The office or see of a bishop.
- The official chair of an office or a position, as of a professor.
Origin: Middle English, from Latin, chair, from Greek kathedrā : kat-, kata-, cata- + hedrā, seat; see sed- in Indo-European roots.