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cardinal

[ kahr-dn-l ]
/ 藞k蓱r dn l /
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noun
adjective
of prime importance; chief; principal: of cardinal significance.
of the color cardinal.
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Origin of cardinal

First recorded before 1150; Middle English, Old English, from Latin cardin膩lis, equivalent to cardin- (stem of card艒 ) 鈥渉inge,鈥 hence, something on which other things hinge + -膩lis adjective suffix; see -al1

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British Dictionary definitions for cardinal

cardinal
/ (藞k蓱藧d瑟nl) /

noun
adjective

Derived forms of cardinal

cardinally, adverb

Word Origin for cardinal

C13: from Latin cardin膩lis, literally: relating to a hinge, hence, that on which something depends, principal, from card艒 hinge
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