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Borrowed from Latin cathedra (seat), from Ancient Greek καθέδρα (kathédra, chair of a teacher, throne), from κατά (katá, down) + ἕδρα (hédra, seat). Doublet of chair.



cathedra (plural cathedrae or cathedras)

  1. The chair or throne of a bishop.
  2. The rank of a bishop.
  3. The official chair of some position or office, as of a professor.

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From Ancient Greek καθέδρα (kathédra), from κατά (katá, down) + ἕδρα (hédra, seat).



cathedra f (genitive cathedrae); first declension

  1. armchair (having cushions and supports)
  2. ceremonial chair (of a teacher, later of a bishop)
  3. the office or rank of a teacher or bishop


First declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative cathedra cathedrae
genitive cathedrae cathedrārum
dative cathedrae cathedrīs
accusative cathedram cathedrās
ablative cathedrā cathedrīs
vocative cathedra cathedrae

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  • căthē̆dra in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • cathedra in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “cathedra”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • căthedra in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français [Illustrated Latin-French Dictionary], Hachette, page 275/2
  • cathedra in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • cathedra in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin
  • cathedra” on page 285/3 of the Oxford Latin Dictionary (1st ed., 1968–82)
  • Niermeyer, Jan Frederik (1976), “cathedra”, in Mediae Latinitatis Lexicon Minus (in Latin), Leiden, Boston: Brill, page 158/1