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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“Patriarchal cross.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/patriarchal%20cross. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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