[ kahr-dn-l-eyt ]
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nounRoman Catholic Church.
  1. the body of cardinals.

  2. the office, rank, or dignity of a cardinal.

Origin of cardinalate

First recorded in 1635–45; cardinal + -ate3

Words Nearby cardinalate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use cardinalate in a sentence

  • After his elevation to the cardinalate the prince gave orders for his suitable conveyance to the Papal Court.

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  • He wore the scarlet robe, the extraordinary hat, the immensely thick gold ring of the cardinalate, in a railway carriage.

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  • No sooner was the terrible reply of Henry to his promotion to the cardinalate made known than the conclave was instantly summoned.

  • But though he seemed upon the point of touching the highest ecclesiastical dignity, La Casa was never promoted to the cardinalate.

  • His relations with Giulia were a good deal altered by the cardinalate.

British Dictionary definitions for cardinalate



/ (ˈkɑːdɪnəˌleɪt) /

  1. the rank, office, or term of office of a cardinal

  2. the cardinals collectively

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