- a ceremonial staff carried by a bishop or an abbot, hooked at one end like a shepherd's crook.
- Botany. the circinate young frond of a fern.
Origin of crosier
Examples from the Web for crozier
The superior rose, took her crozier in her hand, and walked out of the room.A Son of Hagar</p>
Sir Hall Caine
The priest tore off his tiara, broke his crozier, and rent his tinsel cope.Notre-Dame de Paris
Crozier is in love with the former—Cadwallader with the latter.
“At the new wharf in the harbour,” Crozier is heard to say; for it is he who commands.
On his side, Crozier remains cool, admonishing Cadwallader to do the same.
- a variant spelling of crosier
- a staff surmounted by a crook or cross, carried by bishops as a symbol of pastoral office
- the tip of a young plant, esp a fern frond, that is coiled into a hook
Word Origin and History for crozier
late 13c., from Old French crocier, from Medieval Latin crociarius "bearer of a cross," from crocia "cross;" also from Old French croisier "one who bears or has to do with a cross" (see cross (n.)). The two words merged in Middle English. Technically, "the bearer of a bishop's pastoral staff;" erroneously applied to the staff itself since 1733.