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 bishop,[1] sicweys serrin as the central kirk o a diocese, conference, or episcopate.[2]

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


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