- The definition of a cathedral is a large and beautiful place for worship.
An example of a cathedral is Westminster Abbey.
Notre Dame cathedral in Paris.
cathedral definition by Webster's New World
- the main church of a bishop's see, containing the cathedra
- loosely any large, imposing church
Origin: Middle English ; from Old French ; from Late Latin cathedralis (ecclesia), (church) of a bishop's seat ; from Classical Latin cathedra: see cathedra
- of, like, or containing a cathedra
- official; authoritative
- of or like a cathedral
cathedral definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The principal church of a bishop's diocese, containing the episcopal throne.
- A large, important church.
- Something that resembles a cathedral, as in grandeur or authority.
- Of, relating to, or containing a bishop's throne: a cathedral church.
- Relating to or issuing from a chair of office or authority; authoritative.
- Of, relating to, or resembling a cathedral: tall trees whose branches met to form cathedral arches over the path.
Origin: Short for cathedral church, from Middle English cathedral, of a diocese, from Old French, from Medieval Latin cathedrālis, of a bishop's see, from Latin cathedra, chair; see cathedra.
cathedral - Cultural Definition
A church building in which a Christian bishop has his official seat; cathedra is Latin for “chair.” Cathedrals are usually large and imposing, and many have been important in the development of architecture. The building of a cathedral, especially in the Middle Ages, was a project in which the entire town took part. (See Chartres; Notre Dame de Paris; and Saint Paul's Cathedral.)