Notre Dame cathedral in Paris.
An example of a cathedral is Westminster Abbey.
- the main church of a bishop's see, containing the cathedra
- loosely any large, imposing church
Origin of cathedralMiddle 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
- 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 of cathedralShort 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 .
From cathedral church, from Late Latin ecclēsia cathedrālis (“church having a bishop's seat”), from Ancient Greek καθέδρα (kathedra, “chair of a teacher, throne”), from κατά (kata, “down”) + ἕδρα (hedra, “seat”).