I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin cardinalis, from Late Latin cardinalis, adjective Date: 12th century 1. a high ecclesiastical official of the Roman Catholic Church who ranks next below the pope and is appointed by him to assist him as a member of the college of cardinals 2. cardinal number — usually used in plural 3. [from its color, resembling that of the cardinal's robes] a crested finch (Cardinalis cardinalis of the family Cardinalidae) of the eastern United States and adjacent Canada, the southwestern U.S., and Mexico to Belize which has a black face and heavy red bill in both sexes and is nearly completely red in the male • cardinalship noun II. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Late Latin cardinalis, from Latin, serving as a hinge, from cardin-, cardo hinge Date: 14th century 1. of basic importance ; main, chief, primary <
a cardinal principle
2. very serious or grave <
a cardinal sin
Synonyms: see essentialcardinally adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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