What is another word for cardinal?

Synonyms for cardinal
ˈkɑr dn lcar·di·nal

This thesaurus page is about all possible synonyms, equivalent, same meaning and similar words for the term cardinal.

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

How to pronounce cardinal?

How to say cardinal in sign language?

Words popularity by usage frequency


How to use cardinal in a sentence?

  1. Peter Kidd:

    Cardinal Pell, I find beyond reasonable doubt that, on the specific facts of your case, there was a clear relationship of trust with the victims, and you breached that trust and abused your position to facilitate this offending.

  2. Tom McCarthy:

    There are still cases in the Church, right ? The new Pope( Francis) just appointed a tribunal with Cardinal( Sean Patrick) O’Malley out of Boston to oversee these cases but then SNAP( a victims' group) and all these different organizations are saying it’s not enough, you’ve appointed an in-house tribunal, we are not going to get justice from that, i still believe in the Catholic Church, I believe in the good they can do but they are an institution that has to sort of take responsibility for the crimes they’ve committed against their parishioners and their constituency and own it - and they are not yet.

  3. Anuj Somany:

    Doubt the very first the person who preaches the people to not doubt anything and anyone as that's the cardinal rule in security and surveillance department to find out the ground reality.

  4. Father Beck:

    I think that by the majority of Roman Catholics, Cardinal Burke and some other very right-wing bishops are seen as outliers, especially with this issue. So, while they have some followers who are listening to what they're saying, I don't think by any means it's the majority, or that they're having a great influence on what they're saying, i'm working in three parishes, practically everybody I talked to is getting vaccinated, if they are not getting vaccinated, it's for health reasons, it's not because Roman Catholic Church is saying anything that they're getting second thoughts about. So, I really don't think that the positions of Cardinal Burke and his ilk right now are having a great effect with most Roman Catholics.

  5. Mitchell Garabedian:

    Historically, this is the first time ever in the United States that a Cardinal has been criminally charged with a sexual crime against a minor, it takes an enormous amount of courage for a sexual abuse victim to report having been sexually abused to investigators and proceed through the criminal process.

Images & Illustrations of cardinal

  1. cardinal

Translations for cardinal

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • 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
  • kardináli, aðal-, höfuð-, hárauður, megin-, frumtala, grundvallar-Icelandic
  • numero cardinale, cardinaleItalian
  • 枢機卿, 基数, 緋色, 基本Japanese
  • kardînal, metranKurdish
  • 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
  • 红衣主教Chinese

Get even more translations for cardinal »


Find a translation for the cardinal synonym in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)


Use the citation below to add these synonyms to your bibliography:


"cardinal." Synonyms.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 18 Sep. 2021. <https://www.synonyms.com/synonym/cardinal>.

Discuss these cardinal synonyms with the community:


    Are we missing a good synonym for cardinal?

    Browse Synonyms.com

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant synonyms for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant synonyms for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!


    Are you a human thesaurus?

    which isn't a synonym
    • A. illegal
    • B. felinity
    • C. felonious
    • D. chargeable

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for cardinal: