sign of the cross

noun phrase

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

Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sign of the cross was in the 14th century

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“Sign of the cross.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

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sign of the cross

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

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