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.

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

Examples from the Web for crozier

Historical Examples of crozier

  • The superior rose, took her crozier in her hand, and walked out of the room.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • The priest tore off his tiara, broke his crozier, and rent his tinsel cope.

  • On his side, Crozier remains cool, admonishing Cadwallader to do the same.

  • “At the new wharf in the harbour,” Crozier is heard to say; for it is he who commands.

  • Crozier is in love with the former—Cadwallader with the latter.

British Dictionary definitions for crozier



a variant spelling of 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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Word Origin and History for crozier

late 13c., from Old French crocier, from Medieval Latin crociarius "bearer of a cross," from crocia "cross;" also from Old French croisier "one who bears or has to do with a cross" (see cross (n.)). The two words merged in Middle English. Technically, "the bearer of a bishop's pastoral staff;" erroneously applied to the staff itself since 1733.

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