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cardinal

[ kahr-dn-l ]
/ ˈkɑr 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 cardinālis, equivalent to cardin- (stem of cardō ) “hinge,” hence, something on which other things hinge + -ālis adjective suffix; see -al1

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British Dictionary definitions for cardinal

cardinal
/ (ˈkɑːdɪnəl) /

noun
adjective

Derived forms of cardinal

cardinally, 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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