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cardinal

noun [C]  us   /ˈkɑr·dən·əl/

cardinal noun [C] (PRIEST)

a priest of high rank in the Roman Catholic Church

cardinal noun [C] (BIRD)

a North American bird, the male of which has bright red feathers and a black face

cardinal

adjective  us   /ˈkɑrd·ən·əl/

cardinal adjective (IMPORTANT)

of great importance; main: Finding food was a cardinal concern.
Translations of “cardinal”
in Vietnamese chủ yếu…
in Spanish cardinal…
in Thai สำคัญ…
in Malaysian ketua…
in French cardinal…
in German grundsätzlich, Haupt-……
in Chinese (Traditional) 神職人員, (羅馬天主教會的)樞機主教,紅衣主教…
in Indonesian besar…
in Russian кардинал…
in Turkish kardinal…
in Chinese (Simplified) 神职人员, (罗马天主教会的)红衣主教,枢机主教…
in Polish kardynał…
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