Origin of cathedral
Examples from the Web for cathedral
Can you believe someone could get into a cathedral and do a concert?Putin’s Hockey Pal Tells All: Slava Fetisov on ‘Red Army,’ Soviet Nostalgia, and What Drives Putin|Marlow Stern|October 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Hundreds of friends, admirers, and fellow citizens crowd the steps of the cathedral.
They dug, demolished, and dismantled The Cathedral brick by brick, looking for the leftovers of Escobar's fortune.
But, per Escobar's terms of surrender, the only facility in which he could legally be detained was The Cathedral.
I have arranged a meeting with Brother Davide—one of two monks who live at The Cathedral full time.
Here, as in the cathedral, the idea of the balustrade under the clerestory is carried out.Normandy, Complete|Gordon Home
The women straggled out on one side of the cathedral and the men on the other.An Ohio Woman in the Philippines|Emily Bronson Conger
This cathedral was at one time used as the pantheon of the kings of Navarra.The Cathedrals of Northern Spain|Charles Rudy
I trust that my description will assist the stranger in his tour of the Cathedral.The Story of Seville|Walter M. Gallichan
But before another week had passed an effectual end was put for many a day to all plans for the "repair of the cathedral."Old St. Paul's Cathedral|William Benham
British Dictionary definitions for cathedral
- the principal church of a diocese, containing the bishop's official throne
- (as modifier)a cathedral city; cathedral clergy
Word Origin for cathedral
Word Origin and History for cathedral
1580s, "church of a bishop," from phrase cathedral church (c.1300), partially translating Late Latin ecclesia cathedralis "church of a bishop's seat," from Latin cathedra "an easy chair (principally used by ladies)," also metonymically, e.g. cathedrae molles "luxurious women;" also "a professor's chair;" from Greek kathedra "seat, bench," from kata "down" (see cata-) + hedra "seat, base, chair, face of a geometric solid," from PIE root *sed- (1) "to sit" (see sedentary).
It was born an adjective, and attempts to cobble further adjectivization onto it in 17c. yielded cathedraical (1670s), cathedratic (1660s), cathedratical (1660s), after which the effort seems to have been given up.
Culture definitions for cathedral (1 of 2)
A Christian church building in which a bishop has his official seat (cathedra is Latin for “chair”). A cathedral is usually large and imposing, and many cathedrals are important in the history of architecture. (See Chartres, Notre Dame de Paris, and Saint Paul's Cathedral.)
Culture definitions for cathedral (2 of 2)
A church building in which a Christian bishop has his official seat; cathedra is Latin for “chair.” Cathedrals are usually large and imposing, and many have been important in the development of architecture. The building of a cathedral, especially in the Middle Ages, was a project in which the entire town took part. (See Chartres; Notre Dame de Paris; and Saint Paul's Cathedral.)