[ kuh-thee-druh, kath-i- ]
/ kəˈθi drə, ˈkæθ ɪ- /
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noun, plural ca·the·drae [kuh-thee-dree, kath-i-dree]. /kəˈθi dri, ˈkæθ ɪˌdri/.
the seat or throne of a bishop in the principal church of a diocese.
an official chair, as of a professor in a university.
an ancient Roman chair used by women, having an inclined, curved back and curved legs flaring outward: the Roman copy of the Greek klismos.
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Origin of cathedra

1625–35; <Latin <Greek kathédra, derivative of kathézomai to sit down; see cata-, sit1; cf. chair
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How to use cathedra in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for cathedra

/ (kəˈθiːdrə) /

a bishop's throne
the office or rank of a bishop

Word Origin for cathedra

from Latin: chair
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