Definition of cathedra in English:

cathedra

noun

  • 1A seat, specifically the chair of a bishop in his church.

    • ‘The main church containing the cathedra was usually accompanied by subsidiary buildings set within a close, the whole being termed a cathedral.’
    • ‘Although cathedrals are often immensely scaled and ornate in design, the term ‘cathedral ‘does not in fact refer to an elaborate sacred structure; rather it is derived from the Latin word cathedra (throne).’’
    • ‘So important is the Decalogue that it is given prominence by placing it in the chancel facing the altar, where the Eucharist is celebrated and the cathedra, the chair of the bishop, is found.’
    • ‘Now he has stepped down from his cathedra into the public arena.’
    • ‘The cathedra [the bishop's chair], with its multiple woods and craftsman aesthetic, does not set up a dialectic between forms but rather feels alien.’
  • 2A bishop's see.

    See also ex cathedra

Pronunciation

cathedra

/kəˈTHēdrə/