Cardinal meaning

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Of foremost importance; paramount.

A cardinal rule; cardinal sins.

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Of fundamental importance; crucial, pivotal.

A cardinal rule.

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A dark to deep or vivid red.
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Dark to deep or vivid red.
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A high church official, ranking just below the pope, who has been appointed by a pope to membership in the College of Cardinals.
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A North American bird (Cardinalis cardinalis) having a crested head, a short thick bill, and bright red plumage in the male.
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A short hooded cloak, originally of scarlet cloth, worn by women in the 1700s.
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A cardinal number.
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Of main importance; principal; chief.
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Bright-red, like the robe of a cardinal.
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One of the Roman Catholic officials appointed by the pope to his council (College of Cardinals)
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Bright red.
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A woman's short cloak, originally red and usually hooded, fashionable in the 18th cent.
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Any of various passerine birds (family Emberizidae); esp., a bright-red, crested American species (Cardinalis cardinalis) with a red bill.
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(nautical) Of or relating to the cardinal directions (north, south, east and west).

A cardinal mark.

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Describing a "natural" number used to indicate quantity (e.g., one, two, three), as opposed to an ordinal number indicating relative position.
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Having a bright red color (from the color of a Catholic cardinal's cassock).
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A number indicating quantity, or the size of a set, e.g., one, two, three. (See Cardinal number.)
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(grammar) A word used to represent a cardinal number; a cardinal numeral.
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An official in the Catholic Church, ranking only below the Pope and the patriarchs. (See Catholic cardinals.)
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A songbird of the finch family, Cardinalis cardinalis.
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Any of various related passerine birds of the family Cardinalidae. (See cardinal birds.)
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A shade of scarlet, the traditional colour of a Catholic cardinal's cassock.

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A woman's short cloak with a hood.
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Mulled red wine.

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(baseball) A player on the St. Louis Cardinals team.

Smith became a Cardinal as the result of a pre-season trade.

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(American football) A player on the Arizona Cardinals team.
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A player on a sports team at Stanford University.
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A student or player on a sports team at the University of Louisville.
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The definition of a cardinal is a songbird with a noticeable crest and a stout bill that is often red in color, a distinctive red color, or a dignitary in the Roman Catholic church.

A songbird with a red plume and stout bill is an example of a cardinal.

A deep scarlet color is an example of cardinal.

A Roman Catholic dignitary nominated by the Pope and held in high esteem within the church is an example of a Cardinal.

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Origin of cardinal

  • 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
  • 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.
    From Wiktionary