Definition of Cardinal

1. Noun. (Roman Catholic Church) one of a group of more than 100 prominent bishops in the Sacred College who advise the Pope and elect new Popes.

2. Adjective. Serving as an essential component. "Computers are fundamental to modern industrial structure"
Exact synonyms: Central, Fundamental, Key, Primal
Similar to: Important, Of Import
Derivative terms: Center, Center

3. Noun. The number of elements in a mathematical set; denotes a quantity but not the order.
Exact synonyms: Cardinal Number
Generic synonyms: Number
Specialized synonyms: Absolute Frequency, Frequency, Googol, Googolplex

4. Adjective. Being or denoting a numerical quantity but not order. "Cardinal numbers"
Similar to: 0, Zero, Non-zero, 1, Ane, I, One, 2, Ii, Two, 3, Iii, Three, 4, Four, Iv, 5, Five, V, 6, Half Dozen, Half-dozen, Six, Vi, 7, Seven, Vii, 8, Eight, Viii, 9, Ix, Nine, 10, Ten, X, 11, Eleven, Xi, 12, Dozen, Twelve, Xii, 13, Thirteen, Xiii, 14, Fourteen, Xiv, 15, Fifteen, Xv, 16, Sixteen, Xvi, 17, Seventeen, Xvii, 18, Eighteen, Xviii, 19, Nineteen, Xix, 20, Twenty, Xx, 21, Twenty-one, Xxi, 22, Twenty-two, Xxii, 23, Twenty-three, Xxiii, 24, Twenty-four, Xxiv, 25, Twenty-five, Xxv, 26, Twenty-six, Xxvi, 27, Twenty-seven, Xxvii, 28, Twenty-eight, Xxviii, 29, Twenty-nine, Xxix, 30, Thirty, Xxx, 31, Thirty-one, Xxxi, 32, Thirty-two, Xxxii, 33, Thirty-three, Xxxiii, 34, Thirty-four, Xxxiv, 35, Thirty-five, Xxxv, 36, Thirty-six, Xxxvi, 37, Thirty-seven, Xxxvii, 38, Thirty-eight, Xxxviii, 39, Ixl, Thirty-nine, 40, Forty, Twoscore, Xl, 41, Forty-one, Xli, 42, Forty-two, Xlii, 43, Forty-three, Xliii, 44, Forty-four, Xliv, 45, Forty-five, Xlv, 46, Forty-six, Xlvi, 47, Forty-seven, Xlvii, 48, Forty-eight, Xlviii, 49, Forty-nine, Il, 50, Fifty, L, 51, Fifty-one, Li, 52, Fifty-two, Lii, 53, Fifty-three, Liii, 54, Fifty-four, Liv, 55, Fifty-five, Lv, 56, Fifty-six, Lvi, 57, Fifty-seven, Lvii, 58, Fifty-eight, Lviii, 59, Fifty-nine, Ilx, 60, Lx, Sixty, Threescore, 61, Lxi, Sixty-one, 62, Lxii, Sixty-two, 63, Lxiii, Sixty-three, 64, Lxiv, Sixty-four, 65, Lxv, Sixty-five, 66, Lxvi, Sixty-six, 67, Lxvii, Sixty-seven, 68, Lxviii, Sixty-eight, 69, Ilxx, Sixty-nine, 70, Lxx, Seventy, 71, Lxxi, Seventy-one, 72, Lxxii, Seventy-two, 73, Lxxiii, Seventy-three, 74, Lxxiv, Seventy-four, 75, Lxxv, Seventy-five, 76, Lxxvi, Seventy-six, 77, Lxxvii, Seventy-seven, 78, Lxxviii, Seventy-eight, 79, Ilxxx, Seventy-nine, 80, Eighty, Fourscore, Lxxx, 81, Eighty-one, Lxxxi, 82, Eighty-two, Lxxxii, 83, Eighty-three, Lxxxiii, 84, Eighty-four, Lxxxiv, 85, Eighty-five, Lxxxv, 86, Eighty-six, Lxxxvi, 87, Eighty-seven, Lxxxvii, 88, Eighty-eight, Lxxxviii, 89, Eighty-nine, Ixc, 90, Ninety, Xc, 91, Ninety-one, Xci, 92, Ninety-two, Xcii, 93, Ninety-three, Xciii, 94, Ninety-four, Xciv, 95, Ninety-five, Xcv, 96, Ninety-six, Xcvi, 97, Ninety-seven, Xcvii, 98, Ninety-eight, Xcviii, 99, Ic, Ninety-nine, 100, C, Hundred, One Hundred, 101, Ci, Hundred And One, One Hundred One, 105, Cv, One Hundred Five, 110, Cx, One Hundred Ten, 115, Cxv, One Hundred Fifteen, 120, Cxx, One Hundred Twenty, 125, Cxxv, One Hundred Twenty-five, 130, Cxxx, One Hundred Thirty, 135, Cxxxv, One Hundred Thirty-five, 140, Cxl, One Hundred Forty, 145, Cxlv, One Hundred Forty-five, 150, Cl, One Hundred Fifty, 155, Clv, One Hundred Fifty-five, 160, Clx, One Hundred Sixty, 165, Clxv, One Hundred Sixty-five, 170, Clxx, One Hundred Seventy, 175, Clxxv, One Hundred Seventy-five, 180, Clxxx, One Hundred Eighty, 190, One Hundred Ninety, Xcl, 200, Cc, Two Hundred, 300, Ccc, Three Hundred, 400, Cd, Four Hundred, 500, D, Five Hundred, 1000, K, M, One Thousand, Thousand, Ten Thousand, Hundred Thousand, Million, Billion, Billion, Trillion, Trillion, Zillion
Antonyms: Ordinal

5. Noun. A variable color averaging a vivid red.
Exact synonyms: Carmine
Generic synonyms: Red, Redness
Derivative terms: Carmine, Carmine

6. Noun. Crested thick-billed North American finch having bright red plumage in the male.

Definition of Cardinal

1. a. Of fundamental importance; preëminent; superior; chief; principal.

2. n. One of the ecclesiastical princes who constitute the pope's council, or the sacred college.

Definition of Cardinal

1. Noun. (baseball) A player on the team "The St. Louis Cardinals". ¹

2. Noun. (American football) A player on the team "Arizona Cardinals". ¹

3. Noun. A sports team or a player on a sports team at Stanford University. ¹

4. Noun. A student or player on a sports team at the University of Louisville. ¹

5. Adjective. Of fundamental importance; crucial, pivotal. ¹

6. Adjective. (nautical) Of or relating to the '''cardinal''' directions (north, south, east and west). ¹

7. Adjective. Describing a "natural" number used to indicate quantity (e.g., one, two, three), as opposed to an ordinal number indicating relative position. ¹

8. Adjective. Having a bright red color (from the color of a Catholic cardinal's cassock). ¹

9. Noun. A number indicating quantity, or the size of a set, e.g., one, two, three. (gloss See Wikipedia article on Cardinal number.) ¹

10. Noun. An official in the Catholic Church, ranking only below the Pope and the patriarchs. (See Wikipedia article on Catholic cardinals.) ¹

11. Noun. A songbird of the finch family, ''Cardinalis cardinalis''. ¹

12. Noun. Any of various related passerine birds of the family ''Cardinalidae''. (See Wikipedia article on cardinal birds.) ¹

13. Noun. A shade of scarlet associated with the colour of a Catholic cardinal's cassock. ¹

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Definition of Cardinal

1. a bright red bird [n -S]

Medical Definition of Cardinal

1. Chief or principal;in embryology, relating to the main venous drainage. Origin: L. Cardinalis, principal (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cardinal

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cardinal number
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cardinal numeral

Literary usage of Cardinal

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1. The History of the Reformation of the Church of England by Gilbert Burnet, Edward Nares (1843)
"Л breve empowering cardinal Pole to execute bis faculties with relation to ... A letter from cardinal Morone to cardinal 1'ole, telling him how uneasy the ..."

2. Cyclopaedia of Biblical, Theological, and Ecclesiastical Literature by John McClintock, James Strong, Roul Tunley (1883)
"Nicholas III Rome 1277-1280 (cardinal John Cajetan Oriol.) 194. ... Pius V Bosco 1566-15:2 (Michael Ghisleri, cardinal of Alessandria.) 233. ..."

3. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"cardinal Protector.—Since the thirteenth century it has been customary at Rome to confide to some particular cardinal a special solicitude in the Roman ..."

4. Notes and Queries by Martim de Albuquerque (1870)
"Each cardinal gave 20 l'i lui.-» to Ilie Midwife, and every one of the ladies. It is said the Pretender has declar'd tlic Midwife a ..."

5. The Library of Literary Criticism of English and American Authors by Charles Wells Moulton (1904)
"cardinal Manning, not to speak of contemporary letters extending over a long period ... His [cardinal Manning] greatest mistake was his treatment of Newman. ..."

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