cardinal points


plural noun

the four chief directions of the compass; the north, south, east, and west points.

Nearby words

  1. cardinal grosbeak,
  2. cardinal ligament,
  3. cardinal number,
  4. cardinal numbers,
  5. cardinal point,
  6. cardinal sign,
  7. cardinal sin,
  8. cardinal spider,
  9. cardinal symptom,
  10. cardinal system

Origin of cardinal points

First recorded in 1540–50

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British Dictionary definitions for cardinal points

cardinal points

pl n

the four main points of the compass: north, south, east, and west
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