sign of the crosssign of the cross
- [oftenS- of the C-] an outline of a cross (sense ) made symbolically by a movement of the hand or fingers
- [usuallyS- of the C-] a short Trinitarian prayer recited while performing this movement, beginning with the words “In the name of the Father”
sign of the cross
In Christianity, a sign made by tracing the outline of a cross with the right hand as a devotional act or to invoke a blessing.
(plural signs of the cross)
- (Christianity) A gesture of the hand moving over the front of one's body in the shape of a cross made as part of ritual or to invoke divine protection.
- Sometimes capitalized.