- an ecclesiastical standard or banner, as for carrying in procession.
- the military standard of Constantine the Great and later Christian emperors of Rome, bearing Christian symbols.
Origin of labarum
From Late Latin, dating back to 1650–60, of obscure origin
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Examples from the Web for labarum
One would imagine from all this that there was only one labarum.The Non-Christian Cross
John Denham Parsons
The cross of the early Christian emperors was a labarum or token of victory in war, a standard for use in battle.
The Labarum was the official standard of the Emperor of Rome, and upon it were displayed the "insignia" of the emperor of the day.History of the Union Jack and Flags of the Empire
The age that could accept such a prodigy, of course found no difficulty in the vision of Constantine and the story of the Labarum.History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume I (of 2)
John William Draper
Labarum, lab′a-rum, n. a Roman military standard adopted as the imperial standard after Constantine's conversion.
- a standard or banner carried in Christian religious processions
- the military standard bearing a Christian monogram used by Constantine the Great
C17: from Late Latin, of obscure origin