or cro·zier



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.

Nearby words

  1. crore,
  2. crorepati,
  3. crosby,
  4. crosby, bing,
  5. crosette,
  6. crosland,
  7. cross,
  8. cross a bridge when one comes to it,
  9. cross as a bear,
  10. cross assembler

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for 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 for crosier

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

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