Definitions for labarumˈlæb ər əm; -ər ə

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

lab•a•rumˈlæb ər əm; -ər ə(n.)(pl.)-a•ra

  1. the military standard of Constantine the Great and later Christian emperors of Rome, bearing Christian symbols.

    Category: Ancient History, Western History

Origin of labarum:

1650–60; < LL; of obscure orig.

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  1. labarum(Noun)

    The Roman military standard adopted by Constantine I. The banner was known for its Christian chi-rho sign - u2627.

  2. Origin: From labarum, from .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Labarum(noun)

    the standard adopted by the Emperor Constantine after his conversion to Christianity. It is described as a pike bearing a silk banner hanging from a crosspiece, and surmounted by a golden crown. It bore a monogram of the first two letters (CHR) of the name of Christ in its Greek form. Later, the name was given to various modifications of this standard

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  1. Labarum

    The labarum was a vexillum that displayed the "Chi-Rho" symbol ☧, formed from the first two Greek letters of the word "Christ" — Chi and Rho. It was first used by the Roman emperor Constantine I. Since the vexillum consisted of a flag suspended from the crossbar of a cross, it was ideally suited to symbolize the crucifixion of Christ. Later usage has sometimes regarded the terms "labarum" and "Chi-Rho" as synonyms. Ancient sources, however, draw an unambiguous distinction between the two.

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