A Catholic priest performs mass.
- a person who enjoys all types of food is an example of someone with catholic tastes.
- A study that includes information on every crime committed within a one year timeframe is an example of a catholic study.
- A person who is a member of the Roman Catholic Church is an example of a catholic.
- A person who is a Christian and who goes to church every Sunday is an example of someone who believes in the catholic church.
- of general scope or value; all-inclusive; universal
- broad in sympathies, tastes, or understanding; liberal
- [oftenC-] of the Christian church as a whole; specif., of the ancient, undivided Christian church
- [C-] of the Christian church headed by the pope; Roman Catholic
- [C-] of any of the orthodox Christian churches, including the Roman, Greek Orthodox, Anglo-Catholic, etc., as distinguished from the Reformed or Protestant churches
Origin of catholicMiddle English catholik from Classical Latin catholicus, universal, general (in Ecclesiastical Late Latin and ML, orthodox, Catholic) from Classical Greek katholikos from kata-, down, completely + holos, whole: see holo-
- [oftenC-] a member of the universal Christian church
- [C-] a member of any of the Catholic churches; esp., a Roman Catholic
- Of broad or liberal scope; comprehensive: “The 100-odd pages of formulas and constants are surely the most catholic to be found” ( Scientific American )
- Including or concerning all humankind; universal: “what was of catholic rather than national interest” ( J.A. Froude )
- Catholic a. Of or involving the Roman Catholic Church.b. Of or relating to the universal Christian church.c. Of or relating to the ancient undivided Christian church.d. Of or relating to those churches that have claimed to be representatives of the ancient undivided church.
Origin of catholicMiddle English catholik universally accepted from Old French catholique from Latin catholicus universal from Greek katholikos from katholou in general kat-, kata- down, along, according to ; see cata- . holou ( from ) ( neuter genitive of holos whole ; see sol- in Indo-European roots.)
(comparative more catholic, superlative most catholic)
From Old French catholique, from Latin catholicus, from Ancient Greek καθολικός (katholikos), from κατά (kata, “according to”) + ὅλος (holos, “whole”)
(comparative more Catholic, superlative most Catholic)
- Of the Western Christian church, as differentiated from e.g. the Orthodox church.
- Christmas is celebrated at different dates in the Catholic and Orthodox calendars.
- Of the Roman Catholic church in particular.
- The Church of the Sacred Heart is a Catholic one.
- Catholic churches are built differently than Protestant ones.
- Alternative capitalization of catholic.
- A member of a Catholic church.
- The wife of the Prime Minister is a Catholic.
From Old French catholique, from Latin catholicus, from Ancient Greek καθολικός (katholikos, “universal”), from κατά (kata, “according to”) + ὅλος (holos, “whole”)