cathedral

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See also: cathédral

English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kəˈθiː.dɹəl/
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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English cathedral, chathedral, cathiderall, from Old French [Term?], from Latin cathedrālis, from cathedra +‎ -ālis.

Adjective[edit]

cathedral (not comparable)

  1. Relating to the throne or the see of a bishop.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Ellipsis of cathedral church, from Middle English chirche cathederall, cathedrall chirch, calque of Late Latin ecclēsia cathedrālis (church having a bishop's seat), from Latin ecclēsia +‎ cathedrālis. Displaced Old English hēafodċiriċe (literally main church).

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A large cathedral in Reims, France, with many architectural features traditional to such a structure.

Noun[edit]

cathedral (plural cathedrals)

  1. A big church building, central place for some area.
  2. The principal church of an archbishop's/bishop's archdiocese/diocese which contains an episcopal throne.
  3. A large buttressed structure built by certain termites.
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Etymology 3[edit]

Coined by the American political blogger Curtis Guy Yarvin.

Proper noun[edit]

the Cathedral

  1. (US politics, slang) In certain right-wing conspiracy theories, the mainstream system or establishment of society, held to be liberal or leftist and to be working against the interests of the people or nation.
    • 2022 January 14, Rod Dreher, “Neckbeard Militias Are Not My Enemy”, in The American Conservative[1], archived from the original on 2022-04-15:
      This is why grown-up men and women in the Cathedral (to use the neoreactionary term for the Establishment) actually believe that the MAGA yahoos of January 6 nearly overthrew the US government.

Middle English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Old French cathedral, from Latin cathedrālis.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kaˌtɛːˈdraːl/, /kaˈtɛːdral/

Adjective[edit]

cathedral

  1. cathedral (relating to the see of a bishop)

Descendants[edit]

  • English: cathedral

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