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Notre-Dame Cathedral, the most famous cathedral in Paris, France

A cathedral (French cathédrale frae Latin. cathedra, "seat" frae the Greek kathedra (καθέδρα), seat, stuil, furm, frae kata "doun" + hedra seat, base, chair) is a Christian kirk whlk conteens the seat o a beeshop,[1] sicweys serrin as the central kirk o a diocese, conference, or episcopate.[2]


  1. Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, ISBN 0-19-860575-7
  2. New Standard Encyclopedia, 1992 by Standard Educational Corporation, Chicago, Illinois; page B-262c