Geneva bands

Geneva bands

noun
two bands or pendent stripes made usually of white lawn and worn at the throat as part of clerical garb, originally by the Swiss Calvinist clergy.
Also called bands.


Origin:
1880–85

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Geneva bands
 
pl n
a pair of white lawn or linen strips hanging from the front of the neck or collar of some ecclesiastical and academic robes
 
[C19: named after Geneva, where originally worn by Swiss Calvinist clergy]

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