- 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
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.Notre-Dame de Paris
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.
- 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
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.