Definition of Geneva bands in English:

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Geneva bands

plural noun

Two white cloth strips attached to the collar of some Protestants' clerical dress.
Example sentences
  • He is marked out by the Geneva bands, a pair of white strips, that he wears at his neck.
  • Clergy may also wear bands, which may be of black material, which are also known as Geneva bands.
  • A stout priest wearing an old fashioned wig, a cassock, stained surplice and Geneva bands stood smiling unctuously beside the Keeper.


Late 19th century: from the place name Geneva, where they were originally worn by Calvinists.

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Syllabification: Ge·ne·va bands

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