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Cardinal (of foremost importance) is considered to be an advanced word, according to the Barron's essential words for the GRE, which includes 800 college- and graduate-level words that frequently appear on the Graduate Record Exam.

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Definition of the adjective cardinal

What does cardinal mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. serving as an essential component
  2. being or denoting a numerical quantity but not order

Alternative definition of the adjective cardinal


  1. Of fundamental importance; crucial, pivotal.
  2. [nautical] Of or relating to the 'cardinal' directions (north, south, east and west).
  3. Describing a "natural" number used to indicate quantity (e.g., one, two, three), as opposed to an ordinal number indicating relative position.
  4. Having a bright red color (from the color of a Catholic cardinal's cassock).

Definition of the noun cardinal

What does cardinal mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: cardinals

  1. (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
  2. the number of elements in a mathematical set; denotes a quantity but not the order
    • lexical domain: Quantities - nouns denoting quantities and units of measure
    • synonym of cardinal: cardinal number
    • more generic word: number = a concept of quantity involving zero and units
    • more specific terms:
      • absolute frequency / frequency = the number of observations in a given statistical category
      • googol = a cardinal number represented as 1 followed by 100 zeros
      • googolplex = a cardinal number represented as 1 followed by a googol of zeros
  3. a variable color averaging a vivid red
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonym of cardinal: carmine
    • more generic words: red / redness = red color or pigment
  4. crested thick-billed North American finch having bright red plumage in the male

Alternative definition of the noun cardinal


  1. [baseball] A player on the team "The St. Louis Cardinals".
  2. [American football] A player on the team "Arizona Cardinals".
  3. A sports team or a player on a sports team at Stanford University.
  4. A student or player on a sports team at the University of Louisville.


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Phrases with Cardinal

Phrases starting with the word Cardinal:

  1. Cardinal Sin
  2. Cardinal Lory
  3. Cardinal Rule
  4. cardinal vein
  5. Cardinal point
  6. cardinal tetra
  7. Cardinal beetle
  8. cardinal bishop
  9. cardinal flower
  10. Cardinal Nephew
  11. cardinal newman
  12. cardinal number
  13. Cardinal Quelea
  14. Cardinal Shiner
  15. Cardinal Spider

Phrases ending with the word Cardinal:

  1. Ruby Cardinal
  2. Arrow Cardinal
  3. Ghost Cardinal
  4. Jelly Cardinal
  5. Bigeye Cardinal

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Cardinal

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Google previewAn English grammar for schools (1876)

by John Charles Curtis

The word cardinal means chief. (b) The numeral one is sometimes used as a pronoun (see § 86 b). (c) The other cardinals are susceptible of inflection, as — " The stars are out by twos and threes." — Wordsworth. " For ten's sake"— Bible.

Google previewThe Complete Idiot's Guide Astrology Dictionary (2010)

by Arlene Tognetti, Stephene Jourdan, Ph.D.

cardinal cross See grand cross. cardinal (quality) 1. One of the three qualities used to classify the astrological signs. (The others are fixed and mutable.) 2. Cardinal signs are Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn, ...

Google previewDictionary of Homonyms (2007)

by David Rothwell

cardinal A cardinal is a high office in the Roman Catholic Church, and the cardinals form the Sacred College which elects ...

Google previewThe Wordsworth Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2001)

by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer

cardo means a hinge ; its adjective, cardinalis (from which we get " cardinal "), meant originally " pertaining to a hinge," hence that on which something turns or depends," hence " the principal, the chief." Hence, in Christian Rome a ...

Google previewEncyclopaedic Dictionary of Economics (1985)

by N. B. Ghodke

It is held that Hicks-Allen ordinal measurement of utility being a less restrictive assumption, is more realistic than Marshallian cardinal measurement of utility.) Compiler CARDINAL UTILITY (Theory of value) Neo-classical, Bernoullian and ...

Google previewThe Mathematics Dictionary (1992)

by R.C. James, Glenn James

cardinal number. A number which designates the manyness of a set of things; the number of units, but not the order in which they are arranged; used in distinction to signed numbers. E.g., when one says 3 dolls, the 3 is a ...

Google previewThe VNR Concise Encyclopedia of Mathematics (2012)

by W. Gellert

2 4 5 Cardinal numbers - - - - - - - 14.5-1. Bijective Two sets S and Tare said to be equipotent or of the same power (written: £ S - T) if there is a bijective map from S to T. N onto a proper It is easy to see that the relation defined above is an ...

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There art two cardinal sins from which all others spring: Impatience and Laziness. (Franz Kafka)
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Scrabble value of C3A1R1D2I1N1A1L1

The value of this 8-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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