pectoral cross

noun

: a cross worn on the breast especially by a prelate

Examples of pectoral cross in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Among the grave goods buried with the girl were an iron knife, a chatelaine (decorative belt), glass beads, gold and garnet pins, and most significantly, an ornate gold pectoral cross inlaid with garnets, now known as the Trumpington Cross. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 23 June 2023 Some eagle-eyed people noticed that in the fake image of Pope Francis, the traditional pectoral cross around his neck only had one strap. Shira Ovide, Washington Post, 31 Mar. 2023 Televisa has not confirmed that the comments were made during its interview, but the scene of the documentary is identical to the Televisa interview, including the yellow background, a chair in the corner and slightly off-center placement of the chain of Francis’ pectoral cross. Nicole Winfield, USA TODAY, 22 Oct. 2020 In addition to his priestly robes, Pohlmeier wore a violet zucchetto, or skull cap, and a golden pectoral cross. Frank E. Lockwood, Arkansas Online, 30 May 2022 Reuters reports that the priest, who was dressed in black ecclesiastical vestments and a silver pectoral cross, shouted loudly enough for the pope to hear him. Grayson Quay, The Week, 4 Dec. 2021 But there was always another weapon in the archbishop’s armory in addition to his pectoral cross: humor. New York Times, 26 Dec. 2021 But the scene of the documentary is identical to the Televisa interview, including the yellow background, a chair in the corner and slightly off-center placement of the chain of Francis' pectoral cross. The Salt Lake Tribune, 22 Oct. 2020 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, 23 July 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1728, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pectoral cross was in 1728

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“Pectoral cross.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pectoral%20cross. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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