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[kraws-bair-er, kros-]
  1. a person who carries or holds a cross, especially in a religious procession.
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Origin of cross-bearer

First recorded in 1530–40; cross + bearer
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for cross-bearer

Historical Examples of cross-bearer

  • But her glance rested on the one who marched at the head, immediately after the cross-bearer.

    Notre-Dame de Paris

    Victor Hugo

  • It is hard to make out how anybody can hope to master a revelation of a cross-bearing God without himself being a cross-bearer.

  • Every recruit wore a red cross, and was called croisé,--cross-bearer; whence the name of the holy war.

  • Before them went the cross-bearer, lifting high his simple wooden emblem.

    The Christmas Angel

    Abbie Farwell Brown

  • But the clamour of the multitude soon drowned the De Profundis of the cross-bearer.