English - Etymology
From French cardinal, from Latin cardinālis (“pertaining to a hinge, hence applied to that on which something turns or depends, important, principal, chief”), from cardō (“hinge”) + -ālis, adjectival suffix.
English - Pronunciation
English - Adjective
- Of fundamental importance; crucial, pivotal.
- (nautical) Of or relating to the cardinal directions (north, south, east and west).
- Describing a "natural" number used to indicate quantity (e.g., one, two, three), as opposed to an ordinal number indicating relative position.
- Having a bright red color (from the color of a Catholic cardinal's cassock).
English - Noun
A number indicating quantity, or the size of a set, e.g.,
one, two, three. (See Wikipedia article on Cardinal number.)
- 1920, Bertrand Russell, Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy, p.83:
- (grammar) A word used to represent a cardinal number; a cardinal numeral.
- An official in the Catholic Church, ranking only below the Pope and the patriarchs. (See Wikipedia article on Catholic cardinals.)
- A genus of songbirds of the finch family, Cardinalis.
Any of various related passerine birds of the family Cardinalidae (See Wikipedia article on cardinals) and other similar birds that were once considered to be related.
1907, Robert W. Chambers, chapter V, The Younger Set:
- Breezes blowing from beds of iris quickened her breath with their perfume; she saw the tufted lilacs sway in the wind, and the streamers of mauve-tinted wistaria swinging, all a-glisten with golden bees; she saw a crimson cardinal winging through the foliage, and amorous tanagers flashing like scarlet flames athwart the pines.
- 1907, Robert W. Chambers, chapter V, The Younger Set:
- A shade of scarlet, the traditional colour of a Catholic cardinal's cassock.
- A woman's short cloak with a hood.
- Mulled red wine.
English - See Also
- (reds) red; blood red, brick red, burgundy, cardinal, carmine, carnation, cerise, cherry, cherry red, Chinese red, cinnabar, claret, crimson, damask, fire brick, fire engine red, flame, flamingo, fuchsia, garnet, geranium, gules, hot pink, incarnadine, Indian red, magenta, maroon, misty rose, nacarat, oxblood, pillar-box red, pink, Pompeian red, poppy, raspberry, red violet, rose, rouge, ruby, ruddy, salmon, sanguine, scarlet, shocking pink, stammel, strawberry, Turkey red, Venetian red, vermillion, vinaceous, vinous, violet red, wine (Category: en:Reds)
- Contrast with ordinal (numbers)
- Card. (abbreviation)
English - Anagrams
French - Pronunciation
- IPA(key): /kaʁ.diˈnal/
French - Adjective
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Italian - Noun
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Portuguese - Adjective
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Spanish - Pronunciation
- IPA(key): /ka̠ɾ.diˈna̠l/