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  1. being in the shape of a cross; cross-shaped.
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  1. a cross.
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Origin of cruciform

1655–65; < Latin cruci- (stem of crux) cross + -form
Related formscru·ci·for·mi·ty, nouncru·ci·form·ly, adverbnon·cru·ci·form, adjectivenon·cru·ci·form·ly, adverbsub·cru·ci·form, adjective
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Examples from the Web for cruciform

Historical Examples of cruciform

  • Many were cruciform, and consisted of nave, transepts, and chancel.

    English Villages

    P. H. Ditchfield

  • The church is cruciform, and its spire the landmark for the surrounding country.

  • It is a cruciform building, and a steeple rises from the centre.

  • The ground-floor contained a cruciform passage and six divisions.

    Up in the Clouds

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • The church of All Saints is cruciform, with central tower and spire.

British Dictionary definitions for cruciform


  1. shaped like a cross
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  1. a geometric curve, shaped like a cross, that has four similar branches asymptotic to two mutually perpendicular pairs of lines. Equation: x ² y ² – a ² x ² – a ² y ² = 0, where x = y = ± a are the four lines
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Derived Formscruciformly, adverb

Word Origin for cruciform

C17: from Latin crux cross + -form
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Word Origin and History for cruciform


1660s, from Modern Latin cruciformis, from Latin crux (genitive crucis) "stake, cross" (see cross (n.)) + forma "form" (see form (n.)).

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