Meaning of “cathedral” in the English Dictionary

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"cathedral" in British English

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cathedralnoun [ C ]

uk /kəˈθiː.drəl/ us /kəˈθiː.drəl/

A2 a very large, usually stone, building for Christian worship. It is the largest and most important church of a diocese:

Salisbury Cathedral

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  • I was woken up by the chimes of the cathedral bells.
  • The old city around the cathedral is the most colourful part of town.
  • A guide conducts tours of the cathedral every afternoon at 2.00.
  • The new cathedral was completed and consecrated in 1962.
  • In the cathedral vaults the air was dank and stale.

(Definition of “cathedral” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cathedral" in American English

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cathedralnoun [ C ]

us /kəˈθi·drəl/

a large and important church, esp. one that is the center of a large area

(Definition of “cathedral” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)