sign of the cross

noun phrase

Definition of sign of the cross

: a gesture of the hand forming a cross especially on forehead, breast, and shoulders to profess Christian faith or invoke divine protection or blessing

First Known Use of sign of the cross

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Sign of the cross.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sign%20of%20the%20cross. Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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