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pectoral cross

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Definition of pectoral cross in English:

noun

Christian Church
A cross or crucifix worn on a long chain around the neck so that it rests on the chest, worn especially by bishops, abbots, and priests.
Example sentences
  • But the stadium floodlights suddenly hit his pectoral cross, also made of large emeralds set in a frame of diamonds as it rested on his mantle of white ermine.
  • On the same occasion, the pope gave Archbishop Carey a gold episcopal pectoral cross.
  • The marvelous shine of the costly fabric competed with the shimmer of the gold and the jewels of the pectoral crosses, the shoe buckles and the numerous rings.

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