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Meaning & Definition of Cardinal in English

English

Cardinal

/kɑrdənəl/

noun

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

    synonym:
  • cardinal

2. The number of elements in a mathematical set

  • Denotes a quantity but not the order
    synonym:
  • cardinal number
  • ,
  • cardinal

3. A variable color averaging a vivid red

    synonym:
  • cardinal
  • ,
  • carmine

4. Crested thick-billed north american finch having bright red plumage in the male

    synonym:
  • cardinal
  • ,
  • cardinal grosbeak
  • ,
  • Richmondena Cardinalis
  • ,
  • Cardinalis cardinalis
  • ,
  • redbird

adjective

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • cardinal
  • ,
  • central
  • ,
  • fundamental
  • ,
  • key
  • ,
  • primal

2. Being or denoting a numerical quantity but not order

  • "Cardinal numbers"
    synonym:
  • cardinal