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or cro·zier

  1. a ceremonial staff carried by a bishop or an abbot, hooked at one end like a shepherd's crook.
  2. Botany. the circinate young frond of a fern.
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Origin of crosier

1350–1400; short for crosier-staff; Middle English crosier staff-bearer < Middle French; replacing Middle English crocer < Anglo-French. See crosse, -er2
Related formscro·siered, adjective
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Examples from the Web for crosier

Historical Examples

  • Their insignia of office, the miter and crosier, are familiar to every one.

    An Introduction to the History of Western Europe

    James Harvey Robinson

  • That was called a crosier, Daoud recalled, and was the cardinal's staff of office.

  • The crosier is of silver-gilt, and weighs about seven or eight pounds.

  • In 1048, Wulgate, twelfth Abbot of Croyland, received the crosier and ring from the king.

    Finger-Ring Lore

    William Jones

  • The mitre and crosier were the emblems of the episcopal office.

    The Rise of the Mediaeval Church

    Alexander Clarence Flick

British Dictionary definitions for crosier



  1. a staff surmounted by a crook or cross, carried by bishops as a symbol of pastoral office
  2. the tip of a young plant, esp a fern frond, that is coiled into a hook
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French crossier staff bearer, from crosse pastoral staff, literally: hooked stick, of Germanic origin
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