labarum definition

  • noun:
    • An ecclesiastical banner, particularly one transported in processions.
    • The banner adopted by Constantine we after their transformation to Christianity.
    • The Roman army standard adopted by Constantine we. The banner was recognized for its Christian chi-rho indication - ☧.
    • The standard used by the Emperor Constantine after his transformation to Christianity. Its referred to as a pike bearing a silk banner hanging from a crosspiece, and surmounted by a golden crown. It bore a monogram associated with the first two letters (ΧΡ) (which look like the English letters X and P), of the title of Christ with its Greek form. Later, title was given to different customizations with this standard.
    • A Roman military standard followed by the subsequent emperors once the imperial standard.
    • a typical or banner of similar type, borne in ecclesiastical processions of Roman Catholic Church.
    • Figuratively, a moral standard, guide, or unit.

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