cardinal

[ kahr-dn-l ]
/ ˈkɑr dn l /

adjective

of prime importance; chief; principal: of cardinal significance.
of the color cardinal.

noun


Nearby words

  1. cardigan,
  2. cardigan bay,
  3. cardiganshire,
  4. cardin,
  5. cardin, pierre,
  6. cardinal beetle,
  7. cardinal flower,
  8. cardinal grosbeak,
  9. cardinal ligament,
  10. cardinal number

Origin of cardinal

before 1150; Middle English, Old English < Latin cardinālis, equivalent to cardin- (stem of cardō) hinge, hence, something on which other things hinge + -ālis -al1

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British Dictionary definitions for cardinal

cardinal

/ (ˈkɑːdɪnəl) /

noun

adjective

Derived Formscardinally, adverb

Word Origin for cardinal

C13: from Latin cardinālis, literally: relating to a hinge, hence, that on which something depends, principal, from cardō hinge

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