papal cross
noun Date: circa 1889 a figure of a cross having a long upright shaft and three crossbars with the longest at or somewhat above its middle and the two other successively shorter crossbars above the longest one — see cross illustration

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  • Papal cross — Papal Pa pal, a. [F., fr. L. papa bishop. See {Papacy}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Of or pertaining to the pope of Rome; proceeding from the pope; ordered or pronounced by the pope; as, papal jurisdiction; a papal edict; the papal benediction. Milman.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Papal Cross — The papal cross or ferula is an emblem of the papal office. As a material cross, it was carried before the Roman pontiff in processions or was used by him as his pastoral staff.In the past, this design of the cross was often used in… …   Wikipedia

  • papal cross — noun a cross with three crossbars • Hypernyms: ↑Cross * * * noun : a figure of a cross having a long upright shaft and three crossbars with the longest at or somewhat above its middle and the two other successively shorter crossbars above the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • papal cross — a cross with three horizontal crosspieces. See illus. under cross. [1885 90] * * * …   Universalium

  • papal cross — pa′pal cross′ n. a cross with three horizontal crosspieces • Etymology: 1885–90 …   From formal English to slang

  • papal cross — /peɪpəl ˈkrɒs/ (say paypuhl kros) noun a cross with three horizontal crosspieces …   Australian English dictionary

  • Papal — Pa pal, a. [F., fr. L. papa bishop. See {Papacy}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Of or pertaining to the pope of Rome; proceeding from the pope; ordered or pronounced by the pope; as, papal jurisdiction; a papal edict; the papal benediction. Milman. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Papal crown — Papal Pa pal, a. [F., fr. L. papa bishop. See {Papacy}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Of or pertaining to the pope of Rome; proceeding from the pope; ordered or pronounced by the pope; as, papal jurisdiction; a papal edict; the papal benediction. Milman.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Papal regalia and insignia — The crossed keys symbolise the keys of Simon Peter. The keys are gold and silver to represent the power of loosing and binding. The triple crown (the tiara) represents the pope s three functions as supreme pastor , supreme teacher and supreme… …   Wikipedia

  • Papal Mass — A Papal Mass is the Solemn Pontifical High Mass when celebrated by the Pope.There are numerous special ceremonials which are particular to the pope. A Solemn Papal Mass would be celebrated on solemn occasions such as a Papal Coronation, an ex… …   Wikipedia

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