Geneva bands


plural noun

two bands or pendent stripes made usually of white lawn and worn at the throat as part of clerical garb, originally by the Swiss Calvinist clergy.

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Origin of Geneva bands

First recorded in 1880–85
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British Dictionary definitions for Geneva bands

Geneva bands

pl n

a pair of white lawn or linen strips hanging from the front of the neck or collar of some ecclesiastical and academic robes

Word Origin for Geneva bands

C19: named after Geneva, where originally worn by Swiss Calvinist clergy
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