A Word A Day : Cardinal

Saturday, 22nd September 2007 : Today's Word is ...


( Adjective & Noun )

Pronunciation : kar-dnel

1. Of foremost importance

2. Dark to deep or vivid red

3. A short hooded cloak, originally of scarlet cloth, worn by women in the 18th century

4. A high church official


Middle English, from Late Latin cardinlis, principal, pivotal, from Latin, serving as a hinge, from card, cardin-, hinge


1. Primal

2. Key

3. Fundamental

4. Central

5. Important


1. Unwanted

2. Exordinary

3. Ordinary

4. Unnecessary

Contextual Examples:

• Ths cardinal principle behind his approach was that never to hurt others.

• At first Wolsey, the great Cardinal and friend of Henry VIII, was Skelton's friend too.

Related Word:

1. Cardinalship : Noun

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