cardinals'kɑːdɪnl noun +(Roman Catholic Church) one of a group of more than 100 prominent bishops in the Sacred College who advise the Pope and elect new Popes +the number of elements in a mathematical set; denotes a quantity but not the order +a variable color averaging a vivid red +crested thick-billed North American finch having bright red plumage in the male adj. +serving as an essential component +being or denoting a numerical quantity but not order
The cardinal virtues are justice, prudence, temperance, and fortitude, to which some writers add faith, hope, and charity.
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noun, adjective +noun 1 a priest of the highest rank in the Roman Catholic Church. Cardinals elect and advise the POPE: Cardinal Hume 2 (also cardinal number) a number, such as 1, 2 and 3, used to show quantity rather than order Compare: ORDINAL 3 a N American bird. The male cardinal is bright red. +adjective[only before noun] (formal) most important; having other things based on it: Respect for life is a cardinal principle of English law.
Random quote: Before you put on a frown, make absolutely sure there are no smiles available.: Jim Beggs