- a number indicating quantity, or the size of a set, e.g., one, two, three. (See Wikipedia article on Cardinal number.)
- an official in the Catholic Church, ranking only below the Pope and the patriarchs. (See Wikipedia article on Catholic cardinals.)
- a songbird of the finch family, Cardinalis cardinalis.
- any of various related passerine birds of the family Cardinalidae. (See Wikipedia article on cardinal birds.)
- (colour) a bright red color
- of fundamental importance, as in "a cardinal rule".
- describing a number that indicates quantity, e.g., one, two, three.
- (colour) having a bright red color.
- (baseball) A player on the team "The St. Louis Cardinals".
Smith became a Cardinal as the result of a pre-season trade.
- (fb) A player on the team "Arizona Cardinals".
- A sports team or a player on a sports team at Stanford University.
- A student or player on a sports team at the University of Louisville.
- (baseball) The team "The St. Louis Cardinals".
- (fb) The team "The Arizona Cardinals".
- A sports team at the University of Louisville.
The Cardinals take the field.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
CARDINAL. A cloak in fashion about the year 1760.
To CAROUSE. To drink freely or deep: from the German
word expressing ALL OUT.
- The Devil's Dictionary (Ambrose Bierce)
Car"di*nal (?), a. [L.
cardinalis, fr. cardo the hinge of a door, that on
which a thing turns or depends: cf. F. cardinal.] Of
fundamental importance; preëminent; superior; chief;
The cardinal intersections of the
Sir T. Browne.
Impudence is now a cardinal virtue.
But cardinal sins, and hollow hearts, I
Cardinal numbers, the numbers one, two,
three, etc., in distinction from first, second,
third, etc., which are called ordinal numbers.
-- Cardinal points (a)
(Geol.) The four principal points of the compass, or
intersections of the horizon with the meridian and the prime
vertical circle, north, south east, and west.
(b) (Astrol.) The rising and setting
of the sun, the zenith and nadir. -- Cardinal
signs (Astron.) Aries, Libra, Cancer, and
Capricorn. -- Cardinal teeth
(Zoöl.), the central teeth of bivalve shell. See
Bivalve. -- Cardinal veins
(Anat.), the veins in vertebrate embryos, which run
each side of the vertebral column and returm the blood to the
heart. They remain through life in some fishes. --
Cardinal virtues, preëminent virtues;
among the ancients, prudence, justice, temperance, and
fortitude. -- Cardinal winds, winds
which blow from the cardinal points due north, south, east, or
Car"di*nal, n. [F. carinal,
It. cardinale, LL. cardinalis (ecclesiæ
Romanæ). See Cardinal, a.]
1. (R. C. Ch.) One of the
ecclesiastical princes who constitute the pope's council, or the
The clerics of the supreme Chair are called
Cardinals, as undoubtedly adhering more nearly to the
hinge by which all things are moved.
Pope Leo IX.
&fist; The cardinals are appointed by the pope. Since
the time of Sixtus V., their number can never exceed seventy (six
of episcopal rank, fifty priests, fourteen deacons), and the
number of cardinal priests and deacons is seldom full. When the
papel chair is vacant a pope is elected by the college of
cardinals from among themselves. The cardinals take precedence of
all dignitaries except the pope. The principal parts of a
cardinal's costume are a red cassock, a rochet, a short purple
mantle, and a red hat with a small crown and broad brim, with
cords and tessels of a special pattern hanging from it.
2. A woman's short cloak with a
Where's your cardinal! Make haste.
3. Mulled red wine.
Cardinal bird, or Cardinal
grosbeak (Zoöl.), an American song bird
(Cardinalis cardinalis, or C. Virginianus), of the
family Fringillidæ, or finches having a bright red
plumage, and a high, pointed crest on its head. The males have
loud and musical notes resembling those of a fife. Other related
species are also called cardinal birds. --
Cardinal flower (Bot.), an
herbaceous plant (Lobelia cardinalis) bearing brilliant
red flowers of much beauty. -- Cardinal
red, a color like that of a cardinal's cassock,
hat, etc.; a bright red, darker than scarlet, and between scarlet
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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