papal cross

noun

: a figure of a cross having a long upright shaft and three crossbars with the longest at or somewhat above its middle and the two other successively shorter crossbars above the longest one see cross illustration

Word History

First Known Use

1857, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of papal cross was in 1857

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Cite this Entry

“Papal cross.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/papal%20cross. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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