Definition of “catholic” - English Dictionary

“catholic” in British English

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uk /ˈkæθ.əl.ɪk/ us /ˈkæθ.əl.ɪk/ formal

Catholicnoun [ C ], adjective

uk /ˈkæθ.əl.ɪk/ us /ˈkæθ.əl.ɪk/

Roman Catholic:

Is he (a) Catholic?
a Catholic school/church

More examples

  • We were taught by Catholic nuns.
  • She is a lapsed Catholic.
  • He was welcomed into the Catholic church.
  • There has been a long history of violence between Protestants and Catholics.
  • She is a devout Catholic.
noun [ U ] uk /kəˈθɒl.ɪ.sɪ.zəm/ us /kəˈθɑː.lə.sɪ.zəm/

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

“Catholic” in American English

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Catholicnoun, adjective

us /ˈkæθ·lɪk, -ə·lɪk/

Roman Catholic

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