a cross with the figure of Jesus crucified upon it.
any cross.
Gymnastics. a stunt performed on the parallel rings in which the athlete holds himself or herself rigid with arms extended horizontally from the shoulders.


Origin of crucifix

1175–1225; Middle English < Late Latin crucifīxus the crucified one (i.e., Christ), noun use of masculine of past participle of Latin crucifīgere to crucify; see fix
Related formscru·ci·fi·cial [kroo-suh-fish-uh l] /ˌkru səˈfɪʃ əl/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of crucifix

Historical Examples of crucifix

  • In a little time, there was a crucifix on every dusky bosom.

    A Bell's Biography

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • I kissed her hands, which were holding the crucifix, and they had already turned cold.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • He looks upon the crucifix awhile and presses it to his lips.

  • What is the crucifix but that most awful of all things—the Grief of God made Visible?

    The Golden Fountain

    Lilian Staveley

  • "Nothing but death," said Paul, and lifting the crucifix he carried it to his lips.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

British Dictionary definitions for crucifix



a cross or image of a cross with a figure of Christ upon it

Word Origin for crucifix

C13: from Church Latin crucifixus the crucified Christ, from crucifīgere to crucify
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Word Origin and History for crucifix

early 13c., from Old French crucefix (12c., Modern French crucifix), from Latin cruci fixus "(one) fixed to the cross" (see crucify).

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