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labarum

[lab-er-uh m] /ˈlæb ər əm/
noun, plural labara
[lab-er-uh] /ˈlæb ər ə/ (Show IPA)
1.
an ecclesiastical standard or banner, as for carrying in procession.
2.
the military standard of Constantine the Great and later Christian emperors of Rome, bearing Christian symbols.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; < Late Latin, of obscure origin
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British Dictionary definitions for labara

labarum

/ˈlæbərəm/
noun (pl) -ra (-rə)
1.
a standard or banner carried in Christian religious processions
2.
the military standard bearing a Christian monogram used by Constantine the Great
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin, of obscure origin
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Encyclopedia Article for labara

labarum

sacred military standard of the Christian Roman emperors, first used by Constantine I in the early part of the 4th century AD. The labarum-a Christian version of the vexillum, the military standard used earlier in the Roman Empire-incorporated the Chi-Rho, the monogram of Christ, in a golden wreath atop the staff. The flag was made of purple silk (purple dye being at this time a rarity derived from a shellfish of the genus Murex) richly embroidered with gold. Although usually suspended from a horizontal bar, it appears to have been displayed occasionally by fastening one of its sides to its staff. In the Middle Ages the pastoral staff of a bishop often had attached to it a small purple scarf known as the vexillum, supposedly derived from the labarum.

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