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Geneva bands

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plural noun
  1. two bands or pendent stripes made usually of white lawn and worn at the throat as part of clerical garb, originally by the Swiss Calvinist clergy.

Origin of Geneva bands

First recorded in 1880–85
Also called bands.
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British Dictionary definitions for geneva bands

Geneva bands

pl n
  1. a pair of white lawn or linen strips hanging from the front of the neck or collar of some ecclesiastical and academic robes

Word Origin

C19: named after Geneva, where originally worn by Swiss Calvinist clergy
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