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ˈkɑr dn lcar·di·nal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cardinalnoun

    (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

    cardinal number, redbird, carmine, cardinal grosbeak

    twenty-third, seventieth, 2d, 70th, ninetieth, hundred-and-tenth, 150th, 23rd, trillionth, 110th, thirty-ninth, second, twenty-seventh, forty-seventh, fortieth, fifteenth, thirty-first, fourteenth, twenty-eighth, 14th, 42nd, thirty-sixth, quintillionth, eighth, 95th, 8th, 100th, sixtieth, hundred-and-seventieth, seventh, third, twenty-first, 12th, 10th, 500th, twenty-second, 31st, 60th, 44th, fourth, billionth, forty-fifth, 50th, hundred-and-fifth, hundred-and-twentieth, 300th, 43rd, 165th, 1000th, hundred-and-twenty-fifth, three-hundredth, nineteenth, 105th, 46th, 19th, 125th, hundred-and-first, zeroth, forty-eighth, hundredth, 64th, nth, twenty-fifth, sixty-fourth, 16th, 130th, twenty-ninth, 400th, ninth, twenty-fourth, 33rd, 75th, forty-fourth, thirty-second, 28th, 5th, thirty-seventh, ordinal, 140th, four-hundredth, hundred-and-seventy-fifth, twentieth, unimportant, quaternary, forty-second, 101st, 170th, centesimal, 175th, sixty-fifth, 200th, 55th, hundred-and-fifty-fifth, 145th, 90th, 40th, 30th, 49th, 48th, sixteenth, umpteenth, millionth, thirty-eighth, 6th, 1st, forty-third, hundred-and-fiftieth, fifty-fifth, 22nd, twelfth, 26th, forty-first, 17th, 24th, sixth, 21st, 4th, umteenth, 135th, 36th, 20th, hundred-and-eightieth, 37th, 47th, seventy-fifth, 2nd, thousandth, thirty-fourth, 39th, hundred-and-sixty-fifth, eighty-fifth, thirteenth, two-hundredth, quadrillionth, 34th, thirty-fifth, 41st, hundred-and-thirty-fifth, eighteenth, 32nd, zero, hundred-and-ninetieth, 18th, hundred-and-forty-fifth, hundred-and-fifteenth, 15th, 13th, hundred-and-thirtieth, forty-ninth, fifth, 180th, hundred-and-fortieth, tenth, 29th, 11th, 190th, 155th, 38th, first, 45th, 160th, 35th, 7th, eightieth, 3rd, thirtieth, n-th, eleventh, seventeenth, fiftieth, 80th, 9th, 27th, 115th, forty-sixth, twenty-sixth, 85th, umptieth, 65th, thirty-third, hundred-and-sixtieth, ninety-fifth, 25th, tertiary, 120th, five-hundredth

  2. cardinal number, cardinalnoun

    the number of elements in a mathematical set; denotes a quantity but not the order

    cardinal number, redbird, carmine, cardinal grosbeak

    17th, 100th, nth, n-th, fifty-fifth, ninth, second, 49th, ninety-fifth, 130th, thirty-sixth, 28th, 38th, 29th, fourteenth, 18th, eighty-fifth, forty-third, 26th, 21st, seventieth, 12th, 11th, 43rd, 500th, twenty-second, 41st, 39th, 7th, two-hundredth, hundred-and-thirtieth, sixty-fourth, 175th, 2nd, 190th, forty-second, fourth, twentieth, 36th, fifteenth, hundred-and-fiftieth, three-hundredth, hundred-and-ninetieth, 31st, 70th, 9th, 300th, forty-ninth, 135th, 10th, 3rd, 34th, 170th, forty-eighth, 8th, forty-fifth, 47th, 115th, hundredth, hundred-and-twenty-fifth, 4th, 1st, hundred-and-forty-fifth, 20th, hundred-and-first, quadrillionth, 45th, millionth, fortieth, hundred-and-tenth, 6th, forty-fourth, 200th, 32nd, sixty-fifth, centesimal, quaternary, umpteenth, 110th, 50th, thousandth, 46th, 30th, 75th, sixth, twenty-third, thirteenth, thirty-third, ordinal, 1000th, 165th, twelfth, hundred-and-sixtieth, twenty-fifth, seventy-fifth, eighteenth, zero, quintillionth, seventh, eighth, 55th, 60th, forty-sixth, 42nd, 90th, 33rd, thirtieth, forty-seventh, seventeenth, 101st, hundred-and-twentieth, twenty-eighth, 150th, 180th, twenty-seventh, thirty-second, trillionth, hundred-and-fifth, 35th, thirty-seventh, umteenth, billionth, twenty-first, 160th, thirty-ninth, third, unimportant, 27th, eightieth, 105th, sixteenth, tertiary, 37th, 24th, twenty-sixth, thirty-fifth, 400th, four-hundredth, 48th, five-hundredth, 120th, 23rd, hundred-and-eightieth, thirty-fourth, hundred-and-thirty-fifth, umptieth, 95th, 14th, hundred-and-fifteenth, twenty-fourth, zeroth, 22nd, sixtieth, 140th, 64th, 145th, 65th, forty-first, 13th, 16th, first, 85th, 2d, 19th, fifth, ninetieth, thirty-eighth, 125th, fiftieth, tenth, 40th, hundred-and-fortieth, thirty-first, 15th, 5th, twenty-ninth, nineteenth, 44th, hundred-and-seventieth, eleventh, hundred-and-seventy-fifth, hundred-and-sixty-fifth, 155th, hundred-and-fifty-fifth, 80th, 25th

  3. cardinal, carminenoun

    a variable color averaging a vivid red

    cardinal number, redbird, carmine, cardinal grosbeak

    110th, 145th, 20th, 21st, 32nd, five-hundredth, hundred-and-fortieth, 25th, 47th, 140th, billionth, hundred-and-eightieth, 64th, 17th, 31st, fifty-fifth, 9th, hundred-and-fifteenth, 11th, twenty-eighth, fifth, thirteenth, thirtieth, 150th, hundred-and-tenth, 36th, hundred-and-fifth, 60th, sixteenth, 49th, 44th, 3rd, 35th, forty-fourth, twenty-second, fortieth, 95th, quaternary, fifteenth, n-th, 45th, unimportant, umptieth, twenty-third, nineteenth, 28th, hundred-and-twenty-fifth, 13th, 500th, hundred-and-sixtieth, 22nd, 42nd, 65th, twenty-sixth, 180th, ninetieth, eightieth, 40th, forty-third, 18th, forty-ninth, ordinal, forty-second, 16th, seventieth, 400th, 30th, 4th, quintillionth, 33rd, 2nd, 100th, 2d, sixtieth, 34th, thirty-eighth, forty-first, thirty-second, 24th, 170th, sixth, sixty-fourth, hundred-and-thirty-fifth, 39th, third, 8th, umteenth, seventh, 26th, thirty-fourth, second, twenty-fifth, 115th, hundred-and-forty-fifth, hundred-and-twentieth, hundred-and-seventy-fifth, eighth, hundred-and-fifty-fifth, 190th, 37th, 6th, 55th, twenty-first, hundred-and-fiftieth, thousandth, thirty-seventh, hundred-and-thirtieth, 48th, three-hundredth, thirty-ninth, 1000th, thirty-first, eighteenth, 19th, centesimal, 38th, millionth, 101st, hundredth, two-hundredth, 29th, twelfth, 175th, twenty-seventh, 10th, 90th, umpteenth, 155th, ninth, 43rd, forty-sixth, thirty-sixth, 160th, 80th, 70th, eighty-fifth, 14th, 130th, twenty-fourth, 5th, 15th, fourth, sixty-fifth, 105th, zero, thirty-third, first, zeroth, eleventh, 46th, seventeenth, hundred-and-first, fiftieth, 27th, tertiary, 125th, tenth, 200th, 41st, thirty-fifth, forty-seventh, 120th, twenty-ninth, 7th, forty-eighth, 300th, seventy-fifth, nth, hundred-and-seventieth, hundred-and-ninetieth, 75th, forty-fifth, 23rd, 165th, 135th, fourteenth, trillionth, quadrillionth, 1st, ninety-fifth, four-hundredth, 85th, hundred-and-sixty-fifth, twentieth, 50th, 12th

  4. cardinal, cardinal grosbeak, Richmondena Cardinalis, Cardinalis cardinalis, redbirdadjective

    crested thick-billed North American finch having bright red plumage in the male

    cardinal number, redbird, carmine, scarlet tanager, firebird, cardinal grosbeak

    two-hundredth, seventy-fifth, forty-fourth, 28th, 110th, hundred-and-first, tenth, seventieth, twenty-seventh, 20th, twenty-third, 9th, 43rd, 17th, trillionth, 7th, tertiary, 3rd, 30th, hundred-and-thirtieth, hundred-and-fifty-fifth, eighth, seventeenth, 135th, 38th, hundredth, ninetieth, thirty-sixth, 21st, hundred-and-sixtieth, 39th, umptieth, hundred-and-twenty-fifth, eightieth, 70th, ninety-fifth, forty-eighth, 31st, 48th, 25th, zeroth, hundred-and-sixty-fifth, hundred-and-ninetieth, thirty-eighth, 8th, eleventh, hundred-and-forty-fifth, quaternary, 24th, umpteenth, 190th, hundred-and-eightieth, thousandth, unimportant, hundred-and-fifth, 65th, thirtieth, twenty-sixth, twenty-fifth, 47th, 100th, 32nd, 33rd, billionth, 175th, 36th, 160th, forty-sixth, 400th, 55th, 40th, 22nd, 6th, four-hundredth, 200th, thirty-first, 1st, 41st, hundred-and-twentieth, 80th, 130th, umteenth, 150th, zero, twelfth, fifth, 165th, 45th, 2nd, 13th, 19th, 125th, 90th, 85th, hundred-and-seventy-fifth, thirty-ninth, 5th, 60th, fourteenth, sixty-fourth, eighteenth, thirty-seventh, 75th, 18th, 180th, 46th, fortieth, 155th, twenty-ninth, ordinal, 49th, sixth, second, 14th, 170th, forty-first, forty-ninth, forty-seventh, hundred-and-seventieth, hundred-and-fortieth, thirteenth, three-hundredth, seventh, thirty-second, 42nd, hundred-and-fiftieth, 115th, forty-second, 50th, 145th, 34th, 26th, first, 105th, twenty-first, fifteenth, fifty-fifth, 120th, thirty-fourth, sixtieth, 1000th, nineteenth, ninth, 2d, sixty-fifth, sixteenth, hundred-and-thirty-fifth, hundred-and-tenth, 11th, 12th, quintillionth, 44th, 23rd, 300th, twenty-second, 64th, 35th, centesimal, twenty-eighth, millionth, 140th, fiftieth, fourth, 27th, n-th, five-hundredth, forty-fifth, 10th, eighty-fifth, 95th, 500th, nth, forty-third, third, hundred-and-fifteenth, twenty-fourth, thirty-third, twentieth, 15th, quadrillionth, 16th, 29th, 4th, 37th, thirty-fifth, 101st

  5. cardinal, central, fundamental, key, primaladjective

    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"

    fundamental, primeval, primordial, key, profound, underlying, central, rudimentary, aboriginal, primaeval, primal

    centesimal, hundred-and-thirty-fifth, 155th, 64th, hundred-and-sixty-fifth, fortieth, thirty-second, eighteenth, umptieth, thirty-seventh, hundredth, 170th, twenty-ninth, hundred-and-eightieth, sixth, hundred-and-forty-fifth, 31st, eightieth, 43rd, seventieth, 23rd, thirty-fourth, 1st, 2nd, 30th, 125th, seventeenth, thirtieth, forty-second, 48th, zeroth, twenty-fourth, 18th, 80th, 46th, forty-ninth, 32nd, 2d, twentieth, 500th, millionth, thirty-fifth, nth, seventh, first, fourth, unimportant, 101st, 400th, hundred-and-twentieth, 190th, twenty-fifth, twenty-first, tenth, forty-fourth, 105th, twelfth, twenty-second, ordinal, 150th, eighth, 165th, 35th, hundred-and-fifteenth, 8th, 12th, ninety-fifth, trillionth, 16th, 44th, 115th, 28th, hundred-and-fifth, 39th, fourteenth, hundred-and-fiftieth, thirty-first, eleventh, billionth, 20th, umpteenth, twenty-seventh, sixty-fifth, hundred-and-seventieth, 42nd, 27th, 6th, 11th, four-hundredth, 130th, tertiary, 33rd, nineteenth, hundred-and-seventy-fifth, thirty-ninth, 110th, 140th, thirty-sixth, 120th, hundred-and-ninetieth, thirty-eighth, 38th, 34th, 13th, hundred-and-first, 180th, quintillionth, thirty-third, 160th, 14th, 300th, 90th, 65th, forty-first, twenty-eighth, ninetieth, 175th, 100th, 55th, forty-seventh, thirteenth, 5th, five-hundredth, 95th, 135th, 200th, eighty-fifth, 7th, forty-sixth, sixtieth, fifteenth, 24th, three-hundredth, forty-third, 9th, 17th, seventy-fifth, 25th, 75th, 1000th, third, fiftieth, 3rd, fifth, hundred-and-thirtieth, 29th, forty-fifth, sixty-fourth, fifty-fifth, quaternary, 41st, 10th, hundred-and-twenty-fifth, 45th, two-hundredth, 40th, 22nd, sixteenth, 50th, hundred-and-sixtieth, twenty-sixth, hundred-and-fifty-fifth, n-th, twenty-third, 37th, 60th, forty-eighth, 85th, thousandth, 47th, ninth, hundred-and-tenth, 145th, 15th, 21st, zero, umteenth, 19th, hundred-and-fortieth, 4th, 70th, quadrillionth, 49th, 26th, second, 36th

  6. cardinaladjective

    being or denoting a numerical quantity but not order

    "cardinal numbers"

    central, key, fundamental, primal

    nineteenth, twenty-eighth, forty-fourth, 7th, 42nd, 64th, thirty-ninth, hundred-and-ninetieth, 15th, 13th, seventh, eighth, thirty-seventh, eleventh, twenty-sixth, 25th, forty-third, umpteenth, forty-sixth, 33rd, forty-eighth, umteenth, 130th, 155th, 35th, 150th, hundred-and-fiftieth, twenty-fourth, thirty-second, fourteenth, hundred-and-twenty-fifth, 14th, twenty-third, hundred-and-first, twenty-seventh, hundredth, unimportant, 55th, twentieth, hundred-and-eightieth, thirteenth, 400th, 44th, forty-seventh, three-hundredth, 1000th, 500th, 160th, quaternary, twenty-fifth, tenth, 46th, quintillionth, hundred-and-fifth, 110th, 17th, sixty-fifth, 26th, five-hundredth, centesimal, umptieth, fifteenth, ordinal, 75th, hundred-and-fifteenth, sixth, 120th, seventieth, first, 10th, thirty-fifth, hundred-and-seventieth, twenty-ninth, thirty-fourth, 2d, thirty-eighth, 60th, 39th, 40th, sixtieth, 80th, forty-fifth, 2nd, 8th, eighteenth, 6th, 115th, third, forty-first, forty-second, 145th, fiftieth, 47th, 23rd, hundred-and-thirtieth, thirtieth, 11th, 37th, 85th, 22nd, 18th, 140th, thirty-first, sixty-fourth, seventy-fifth, hundred-and-forty-fifth, fifth, hundred-and-twentieth, thirty-third, 48th, 12th, hundred-and-thirty-fifth, 27th, 4th, 1st, thirty-sixth, 9th, 28th, fourth, 105th, nth, twenty-second, thousandth, fortieth, 95th, 300th, trillionth, eighty-fifth, 175th, zero, 43rd, 190th, 38th, 16th, millionth, 135th, 49th, 34th, 101st, two-hundredth, hundred-and-seventy-fifth, seventeenth, twelfth, second, 36th, 32nd, 20th, ninetieth, hundred-and-fifty-fifth, sixteenth, 125th, billionth, 21st, 50th, eightieth, four-hundredth, tertiary, 19th, ninety-fifth, 100th, quadrillionth, 31st, 45th, 165th, hundred-and-fortieth, 3rd, hundred-and-sixty-fifth, 90th, ninth, forty-ninth, twenty-first, 170th, 24th, zeroth, 200th, fifty-fifth, n-th, 180th, hundred-and-tenth, 5th, 65th, 29th, hundred-and-sixtieth, 30th, 70th, 41st

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. cardinaladjective

    principal, chief, main, leading, most important

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. cardinaladjective

    principal, chief, superior, preëminent

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "cardinal":

    cardenal, cardinale, fundamental, basic


  1. List of known nicknames for "Cardinal":

    Kaspar Tasane

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How to use cardinal in a sentence?

  1. Katrina Lee:

    Cardinal Pell is obviously disappointed with the decision today.

  2. Clifford Villanueva Villalon:

    The cardinal work of charity is not by the number that counts, but by the frequency and the good results of the act.

  3. The Vatican:

    As the proceedings continue to develop, the Holy See recalls that the cardinal has always maintained his innocence ... and that it is his right to appeal to the High Court.

  4. Orlando Marquez:

    That was a qualitative leap, when the cardinal played a very important role.

  5. Drew Angerer/Getty Images:

    The cardinal rule of deterrence is to convince your opponent that the cost of his hostile action will by far outweigh the benefits, and President Joe Biden has done the exact opposite.

Translations for cardinal

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  • кардинал, яркочервен, главен, чинка, яркочервен цвят, числителен, числително, основенBulgarian
  • pennañBreton
  • cardinalCatalan, Valencian
  • kardinálCzech
  • kardinalDanish
  • grundsätzlich, Kardinalrot, Grundzahl, Kardinal, Kardinalzahl, RotkardinalGerman
  • απόλυτος αριθμός, καρδινάλιοςGreek
  • cardinal, número cardinal, cardenal, cardenal rojo, cardenal comúnSpanish
  • اساسی, اصلی, اعداد اصلی, عدداصلی, کاردینالPersian
  • perusluku, kardinaalinpunainen, peri-, emä-, pää-, kardinaali, perus-, punakardinaaliFinnish
  • cardinal, rouge cardinalFrench
  • haadtelwurdWestern Frisian
  • cairdinéal, cairdinéaltaIrish
  • bíbornok, kardinális, bíborosHungarian
  • քանակական թվական, քանակականArmenian
  • cardinalInterlingua
  • kardinalIndonesian
  • kardináli, aðal-, höfuð-, hárauður, megin-, frumtala, grundvallar-Icelandic
  • numero cardinale, cardinaleItalian
  • 枢機卿, 基数, 緋色, 基本Japanese
  • kardînal, metranKurdish
  • cardinalLatin
  • KardinolLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • kardinālsLatvian
  • kardinalNorwegian
  • kardinaalrood, hoofdtelwoord, kardinaalDutch
  • kardinalNorwegian Nynorsk
  • kardinalNorwegian
  • tááʼyaʼniiltʼóshiiNavajo, Navaho
  • kardynalny, kardynał, purpurowy, purpuraPolish
  • fundamental, cardeal, [[número]] [[cardinal]], vermelho-cardeal, cardinal, principalPortuguese
  • număr cardinal, cardinalRomanian
  • главный, кардинал, количественное числительное, количественный, основнойRussian
  • kardinalSerbo-Croatian
  • kardinal, kardinalno številoSlovene
  • kardinal, kardinal-, främsta, huvudsaklig, väsentlig, avgörande, huvud-Swedish
  • kadinoliSwahili
  • кардинальнийUkrainian
  • کارڈنلUrdu
  • cốt yếu, chủ yếu, số lượng, lượng, chínhVietnamese
  • קאַרדינאַלYiddish
  • 红衣主教Chinese

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