patriarchal cross

noun

Definition of patriarchal cross 

: a chiefly heraldic cross denoting a cardinal's or archbishop's rank and having two crossbars of which the lower is the longer and intersects the upright above or at its center

called also cross of Lorraine

— see cross illustration

First Known Use of patriarchal cross

circa 1727, in the meaning defined above

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