Top Definition
a "prince" of the Catholic Church; cardinals elect the pope. They are usually bishops. They wear scarlet dresses.
Are the St. Louis cardinals named after birds or the "princes" of the Catholic Church?
by ScottX October 22, 2006
The Cardinals or Cardinalidae are a family of passerine birds found in North and South America. The South American cardinals in the genus Paroaria are placed in another family, the Thraupidae (previously placed in Emberizidae).

It's a bird...
Look at that red Cardinal!
by LightWing2 May 27, 2008
A small red bird that lives in North America.
I got a cardinal stuck in my engine and now my car won't run.
by LittleKingTrashMouth May 06, 2015
Nickname of sports teams at Leland Stanfurd Junior University. Named after the color, hence teams are called "the cardinal" as opposed to "the Cardinals" The name was chosen due to a lack of creativity on campus after the "Indians" name was terminated due to political correctness.
Person 1: What's your favorite college football team?

Stanfurd Fan: The cardinal

Person 1: I asked for your favorite college football team, not your favorite color...
by StanfordJonah November 10, 2009
1. to fail by mythic porportions
2. to colapse when in the spotlight
3. to lose like no one else can
4. to fail continusously over a long period of time
5. to snatch gut wrenching, heart stomping defeat from the jaws of victory
6. to choke
I can't believe that the lead actor forgot all of his lines in the play

I'm not surprised he cardinals everytime he's in the spotlight
by Paul S. W. October 19, 2006

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