Sign-of-the-cross definition

An outline of a cross made symbolically by a movement of the hand or fingers.
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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.
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A short Trinitarian prayer recited while performing this movement, beginning with the words “In the name of the Father”
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(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.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
sign-of-the-cross
Plural:
signs of the cross

Origin of sign-of-the-cross

  • A calque translation of Latin signum crucis

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