- The principal church of a bishop's diocese which contains an episcopal throne.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
CATHEDRAL. Old-fashioned. An old cathedral-bedstead,
- The Devil's Dictionary (Ambrose Bierce)
Ca*the"dral (?), n. [LL.
cathedralis (sc. ecclesia): cf. F.
cathédrale. See Cathedra.] The
principal church in a diocese, so called because in it the bishop
has his official chair (Cathedra) or throne.
Ca*the"dral, a. [LL.
cathedralis: cf. F. cathédral.]
1. Pertaining to the head church of a
diocese; as, a cathedral church; cathedral
2. Emanating from the chair of office, as
of a pope or bishop; official; authoritative.
Now, what solemnity can be more required for the
pope to make a cathedral determination of an article!
3. Resembling the aisles of a cathedral;
as, cathedral walks. Pope.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Cathedral, the principal church in a diocese, and which contains the
throne of the bishop as his seat of authority; is of a rank corresponding
to the dignity of the bishop; the governing body consists of the dean and
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