The word "cardinal" comes from the Latin "cardo" for "hinge" and usually refers to things of fundamental importance, as in "cardinal rule" or "cardinal sins".

Cardinal may refer to:
* Cardinal (Catholicism), a senior ecclesiastical official, of the Catholic Church
* Cardinal (color), a vivid reddish color
* Cardinal Health, a multinational health supply and pharmaceutical distributor
* Cardinal number, in mathematics
* Several high schools, see Cardinal High School
* Cardinal vowels, the standard reference points for phonetic description.

In biology

* Cardinal (bird), a family of passerine birds living in the Americas
* Cardinal (grape), a wine and table grape
* Cardinal tetra, a species of fish
* Cardinal veins

Several sports teams use the name Cardinals:
* Arizona Cardinals, a professional American football team
* Cardenales de Lara, a Venezuelan baseball team
* Louisville Cardinals, an intercollegiate sports team in Louisville
* Mapua Cardinals, the varsity teams of Mapua Institute of Technology
* St. Louis Cardinals, a professional baseball team in the National League
* Stanford Cardinal, the sports teams of Stanford University, named after the color as opposed to the bird

Geography and transportation:
* Cardinal, Ontario
* Cardinal mark, a sea mark used in navigation
* Cardinal directions
* "Cardinal" (passenger train), an Amtrak route connecting Chicago with New York via Cincinnati and Washington

Brands and trademarks
* A name for the Cessna 177 aircraft
* Cardinal Brewery, a Swiss brewery

People named Cardinal include:
* Judah ben Isaac Cardinal, French translator who lived at the beginning of the thirteenth century
* Brian Cardinal, American basketball player
* Douglas J. Cardinal (born 1934), a Canadian architect
* Harold Cardinal (1945-2005), a Cree writer and political leader
* Kardinal Offishall, Canadian rapper/producer
* Lorne Cardinal, Canadian actor
* Mark Cardinal, Canadian rugby player
* Tantoo Cardinal, Canadian actress
* Tom Cardinal, student at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Known to most as the one and only Boon, a name he earned after a great man on the second floor noticed he resembled the character in Animal House.

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  • Cardinal — • A dignitary of the Roman Church and counsellor of the pope Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Cardinal     Cardinal     † …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • cardinal — CARDINÁL, Ă, cardinali, e, adj., s.m. I. adj. Principal, esenţial, fundamental. ♢ Punct cardinal = fiecare dintre cele patru direcţii principale ale orizontului, care ajută la determinarea poziţiei unui punct de pe glob. Numeral cardinal =… …   Dicționar Român

  • cardinal — cardinal, ale 1. (kar di nal, na l ) adj. 1°   Qui appartient au gond sur quoi une chose roule, important, capital. Il n est resté dans l usage commun que joint à certains substantifs. Les points cardinaux, les quatre points cardinaux de l… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Cardinal — Car di*nal, n. [F. carinal, It. cardinale, LL. cardinalis (ecclesi[ae] Roman[ae]). See {Cardinal}, a.] 1. (R. C. Ch.) One of the ecclesiastical princes who constitute the pope s council, or the sacred college. [1913 Webster] The clerics of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cardinal — 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; pre[ e]minent; superior; chief; principal. [1913 Webster] The cardinal intersections of the zodiac …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cardinal — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Douglas Joseph Cardinal (* 1934), kanadischer Architekt Gil Cardinal (* 1950), kanadischer Filmemacher Harold Cardinal (1945–2005), kanadischer Indianerführer und Autor Réjane Cardinal (1926–2000),… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Cardinal — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Cardinal puede referirse a: Número cardinal o nominativo. Punto cardinal. Stanford Cardinal, equipo deportivo de la universidad de Stanford, en Estados Unidos. Uva cardinal, variedad de uva de mesa. Cardinal (Madrid) …   Wikipedia Español

  • cardinal — CARDINAL. s. m. Un des soixantedix Prélats qui composent le sacré Collége, qui ont voix active et passive dans l élection du Pape, et parmi lesquels le Pape est ordinairement choisi. Cardinal du titre de Sainte Cécile, de Saint Pierre aux liens,… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • Cardinal — Cardināl, adj. et adv. welches aus dem Latein. cardinalis, und dieß von Cardo, die Angel, entlehnet, im Hochdeutschen größten Theils veraltet ist, ehedem aber in einigen Zusammensetzungen üblich war, das Vornehmste oder Wichtigste in seiner Art… …   Grammatisch-kritisches Wörterbuch der Hochdeutschen Mundart

  • cardinal — (Del lat. cardinālis). 1. adj. Principal, fundamental. 2. (Porque tienen su principio en los cuatro puntos cardinales del Zodiaco, y, al entrar el Sol en ellos, empiezan respectivamente las cuatro estaciones del año). Astr. Se dice de los signos… …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • cardinal — [kärd′ n əl] adj. [ME < OFr < L cardinalis, principal, chief < cardo, that on which something turns or depends, orig., door hinge: see SCHERZO] 1. of main importance; principal; chief 2. bright red, like the robe of a cardinal n. [ME… …   English World dictionary

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