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pectoral cross

noun, Ecclesiastical.
a cross worn on the breast by various prelates, as a designation of office.
Origin of pectoral cross
First recorded in 1720-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Amongst these we notice his stole and maniple and pectoral cross.

  • A pectoral cross hung from his neck by a massive chain of gold.

    The Bastonnais John Lesperance
  • As the young man began to turn towards him, Julien saw the pectoral cross on his breast.

  • Encolpion, en-kol′pi-on, n. an amulet: a Greek pectoral cross.

  • Tilia fingered her pectoral cross that Daoud had long ago told Sophia contained a poisoned blade.

  • His stole and pectoral cross are still in the possession of representatives of the family to which he belonged at Mitchelstown.

    The Sunny Side of Ireland John O'Mahony and R. Lloyd Praeger
  • He would have thought it the face of a fast-living officer, but for the cassock and pectoral cross.

    Talleyrand Joseph McCabe
  • Another, quite unmoved by the pectoral cross and crimson soutane, asked artlessly, "What was your college?"

    Fifteen Chapters of Autobiography George William Erskine Russell

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