1. (Roman Catholic Church) the body of all cardinals of the church; elects and advises the pope

Definition categories: group, body

2. the office of cardinal

- following the scandal, the cardinal resigned his cardinalate

Similar word(s): cardinalship

Definition categories: act, berth, billet, office, place, position, post, situation, spot

Sentences with cardinalate as a noun:

- The cardinalate ranks equal to a secular prince of the blood

- The cardinalate under a maximum age composes the conclave which elects the pope