Definitions for Cardinal

Cardinal car·di·nal

Spelling: [kahr-dn-l]
IPA: /ˈkɑr dn l/

Cardinal is a 8 letter English word. It's valid Scrabble word worth 11 points. It's valid Words with friends word worth 14 points.

You can make 295 anagrams from letters in Cardinal (aacdilnr).

Definitions for Cardinal


  1. Roman Catholic Church. a high ecclesiastic appointed by the pope to the College of Cardinals and ranking above every other ecclesiastic but the pope.
  2. Also called cardinal grosbeak. a crested grosbeak, Cardinalis cardinalis, of North America, the male of which is bright red.
  3. any of various similar birds.
  4. a deep, rich red color.
  5. a woman's short cloak with a hood, originally made of scarlet cloth and popularly worn in the 18th century.
  6. cardinal number.


  1. of prime importance; chief; principal:
  2. of the color cardinal.

Origin of Cardinal

before 1150; Middle English, Old English Latin cardinālis, equivalent to cardin- (stem of cardō) hinge, hence, something on which other things hinge + -ālis -al1

Examples for Cardinal

Unlike Shakespeare's cardinal, they did not die without a sign.

And yet, a dossier of allegations involving human rights could not help any cardinal at a moment like that.

cardinal Newman wrote: "Gladstone's book, as you see, is making a sensation."

He had seen his uncle present himself to the cardinal at Cawood Castle.

We spend years upon the study of character, and the cardinal features often escape us.

Perhaps, as one cardinal recently complained, the chaos is the plan.

The cardinals had such a bad reputation that the very term “cardinal” became an insult in Renaissance Rome.

“Light trumps darkness, hope beats despair, grace wins over sin, love defeats hate, life conquers death,” the cardinal said.

Art surely no mere clerk, but bishop or cardinal at the least.

Elisabetta Piqué, who knew Bergoglio well as a cardinal, writes in the present tense as if to convey real time passing.

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