pectoral cross


Definition of pectoral cross

: a cross worn on the breast especially by a prelate

Examples of pectoral cross in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In that melee, Bishop Silvio Báez, auxiliary bishop of Managua, was punched in the stomach as an assailant tried to steal his pectoral cross. José De Córdoba |, WSJ, "Church Becomes Target in Nicaragua Crisis," 23 July 2018

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First Known Use of pectoral cross

1728, in the meaning defined above

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“Pectoral cross.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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