[ UK /kˈɑːdɪnə‍l/ ]
[ US /ˈkɑɹdənəɫ, ˈkɑɹdɪnəɫ/ ]
  1. a variable color averaging a vivid red
  2. crested thick-billed North American finch having bright red plumage in the male
  3. the number of elements in a mathematical set; denotes a quantity but not the order
  4. (Roman Catholic Church) one of a group of more than 100 prominent bishops in the Sacred College who advise the Pope and elect new Popes
  1. serving as an essential component
    a cardinal rule
    the central cause of the problem
    an example that was fundamental to the argument
    computers are fundamental to modern industrial structure
  2. being or denoting a numerical quantity but not order
    cardinal numbers
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How To Use cardinal In A Sentence

  • The centre of these buildings was the great/zikkurat/, or temple-tower, square on its plan, and with the sides facing the cardinal points. The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria
  • A treatise that combined "Plinian lore with the recipes of Martino, cook to Cardinal Trevisan, who kept the best table in Rome. Architecture and Memory: The Renaissance Studioli of Federico da Montefeltro
  • one of his cardinal convictions was that Britain was not run as a democracy but as an oligarchy
  • Her eyes missed nothing; her dainty close-set ears heard all -- the short, dry note of a chewink, the sweet, wholesome song of the cardinal, the thrilling cries of native jays and woodpeckers, the heavenly outpoured melody of the Florida wren, perched on some tiptop stem, throat swelling under the long, delicate, upturned bill. The Firing Line
  • By beatifying him, Pope Benedict is holding up to the whole Church the life and teachings of Cardinal Newman as a sure guide for us to follow, and as an inspiration for the Church today. " Te Deum Laudamus "
  • Cambrai might rely upon advancement to a cardinalship, and steps were taken, but without any good result, to bring about that event. Court Memoirs of France Series — Complete
  • According to numerous opinion polls, they solidly oppose the kinds of discrimination that Cardinal Ratzinger condoned.
  • He tangled with other cardinals and disciplined church officials who dissented from official church policy.
  • Can you imagine that 50 years ago there were no cardinals in Massachusetts?
  • Ildefonso Schuster, son of a stalwart Swiss-German officer in the Vatican's famed Swiss Guard, is accounted an Italian Cardinal because he was born in Rome. Time Magazine on the Elevation of Ildefonso Schuster
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