Meaning of cardinalate in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkɑːdɪnələt/

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  • 1The office or rank of a cardinal within the Roman Catholic Church.

    ‘Rome had recognized him with an appointment just short of cardinalate’
    • ‘the newly elected pope lost no time in bestowing cardinalates on to his relatives and allies’
    1. 1.1mass noun The members of the College of Cardinals.
      • ‘archbishops and bishops must wait until a meeting of the cardinalate to learn whether they will receive a red hat’