- 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.
Origin of cathedra
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Examples from the Web for cathedra
And hence, he says, matter is as it were the stool (cathedra) of the One.A History of Mediaeval Jewish Philosophy
Parts are translated in Greenwood, Cathedra Petri, iii., 364-371.The Rise of the Mediaeval Church
Alexander Clarence Flick
It is not a cathedral; that is, it is not the "cathedra" of a bishop.
It is believed that this was the "Cathedra" of St. Wilfrid himself.Northumberland Yesterday and To-day
Jean F. Terry
The cathedra, which was probably identical with the sella muliebris mentioned by Suetonius, was mostly used by women.Carriages & Coaches
- a bishop's throne
- the office or rank of a bishop
- See ex cathedra
from Latin: chair
Word Origin and History for cathedra
"seat of a bishop in his church," Latin, literally "chair" (see cathedral).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper