the body of cardinals.
the office, rank, or dignity of a cardinal.
Historical Examples

On the deliberate exclusion of the humanists from the cardinalate by the popes before Leo, comp.
The Civilisation of the Renaissance in Italy Jacob Burckhardt

He died in 1638, just as the cardinalate was to be conferred upon him.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 5 Various

It bears no date, and may have been designed any time after the minister’s elevation to the cardinalate in September 1514.
Book-Plates William J. Hardy

The thirteen signed by order of seniority in the cardinalate.
The Catholic World. Volume II; Numbers 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. E. Rameur

At the latest Consistory he had been nominated to the cardinalate.
The Waters of Edera Louise de la Rame, a.k.a. Ouida

Beaton was elected to the cardinalate in Dec. 1538; did he visit Rome after that?
Notes and Queries, Number 57, November 30, 1850 Various

He was raised to the cardinalate, and his nephew and heir, Antoine de Blanchefort, assumed the name and arms of Crquy.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 6 Various

Nicolas accordingly raised him to the cardinalate in 1278, called him to Rome, and thus forced him to resign the archbishopric.
The English Church in the Middle Ages William Hunt

It is estimated that this cardinalate cost France about eight million francs.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 8 Various

After his elevation to the cardinalate the prince gave orders for his suitable conveyance to the Papal Court.
Saint Bonaventure Rev. Fr. Laurence Costelloe, O.F.M.

the rank, office, or term of office of a cardinal
the cardinals collectively


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