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proper noun 
  1. (baseball) A player on the team "The St. Louis Cardinals".
    Smith became a as the result of a pre-season trade.
    1. A player on the team "Arizona Cardinals".
  2. A sports team or a player on a sports team at w:Stanford University, Stanford University.
  3. A student or player on a sports team at the w:University of Louisville, University of Louisville.

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noun 
  1. A number indicating quantity, or the size of a set, e.g., one, two, three. (See w:Cardinal_number, Wikipedia article on Cardinal number.)
The commonest numerals in Latin, as in English, are the "cardinals"...and the "ordinals"... " F. M. Wheelock, Wheelock"s Latin, 6th ed. revised (2005), p97
  1. An official in the w:Catholicism, Catholic Church, ranking only below the w:Pope, Pope and the patriarchs. (See w:Cardinal_(Catholicism), Wikipedia article on Catholic cardinals.)
  2. A songbird of the finch family, Cardinalis cardinalis.
  3. Any of various related passerine birds of the family Cardinalidae. (See w:Cardinal_(bird), Wikipedia article on cardinal birds.)
  4. (colour) a bright red color
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adjective 
  1. Of fundamental importance.
a rule
  1. Describing a number used in counting, e.g., one, two, three.
  2. (colour) Having a bright red color.
Etymology: From < ''cardinalis < cardo ('hinge') + -alis (adjectival suffix).


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