One of the Roman Catholic officials appointed by the pope to his council (College of Cardinals)
Other Word Forms of Cardinal
Origin of Cardinal
From French cardinal, from Latin cardinālis (“pertaining to a hinge, hence applied to that on which something turns or depends, important, principal, chief”), from cardō (“hinge”) + -ālis, adjectival suffix.
Middle English from Late Latin cardinālis principal, pivotal from Latin serving as a hinge from cardō cardin- hinge
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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