- 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 )
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.
A member of a Catholic church, especially a Roman Catholic.
Origin of catholic
Middle 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-
) ( neuter genitive of holos whole
; see sol-
in Indo-European roots.)
(comparative more catholic, superlative most catholic)
- Universal; all-encompassing.
- Pertaining to all kinds of people and their range of tastes, proclivities etc.; liberal.
- He has catholic tastes.
- Alternative capitalization of 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”)