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cardinalnoun [C]

uk   /ˈkɑː.dɪ.nəl/  us   /ˈkɑːr-/

cardinal noun [C] (PRIEST)

a priest of very high rank in the Roman Catholic Church: Cardinals elect and advise the Pope.

cardinal noun [C] (NUMBER)

(also cardinal number) a number that represents amount, such as 1, 2, 3, rather than order, such as 1st, 2nd, 3rd
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cardinal noun [C] (BIRD)

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

cardinaladjective [before noun]

uk   /ˈkɑː.dɪ.nəl/  us   /ˈkɑːr-/
of great importance: a cardinal rule/error/sin
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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