cro·​sier ˈkrō-zhər How to pronounce crosier (audio)
variants or crozier
: a staff resembling a shepherd's crook carried by bishops and abbots as a symbol of office
: a plant structure with a coiled end

Examples of crosier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web McElroy moved slowly during the service, often resting his hands on a wooden crosier, a staff shaped like a shepherd’s crook. San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 June 2022

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Word History


Middle English crocer crosier bearer, from Anglo-French crosser, from croce, crosse crosier, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English crycc crutch — more at crutch

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of crosier was in the 15th century

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“Crosier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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variants or crozier
: a staff like a shepherd's crook carried by bishops and abbots as a symbol of office

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