Celtic cross

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Celtic cross a Latin cross with a ring surrounding the intersection
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Celtic cross a type of cross found in Ireland and in the north and west of Scotland, varying from a cross incised on a flat slate to an elaborate cruciform monument—some crosses of this type show Scandinavian workmanship, and hence are often called Runic crosses
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. crois (Fr. croix)—L. cruc-em, orig. an upright post to which latterly a cross-piece was added.

Usage

In literature:

In 391 a horde of Celtic barbarians crossed the Apennines into Etruria and attacked CLUSIUM.
"History of Rome from the Earliest times down to 476 AD" by Robert F. Pennell
Four miles farther we came to Monasterboice, where stood two great Celtic crosses.
"Humanly Speaking" by Samuel McChord Crothers
The cross-shaped church is dedicated to a Celtic saint, St Winwaloe, locally called St Onolaus.
"Devon, Its Moorlands, Streams and Coasts" by Rosalind Northcote
The forms of the Celtic stone crosses are very beautiful.
"Needlework As Art" by Marian Alford
An ancient Celtic cross, 6-1/2 ft. high, stands in the north-western corner of the nave.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 8" by Various
Near Minster, on Waterpit Downs, is a fine specimen of Celtic interlaced work on a cross shaft.
"Nooks and Corners of Cornwall" by C. A. Dawson Scott
Just beyond the vestibule is a great court, containing a remarkable collection of plaster replicas of ancient Celtic crosses.
"The Charm of Ireland" by Burton Egbert Stevenson
He got his way at any rate about the war memorial though, and insisted on a Celtic cross.
"A Fortunate Term" by Angela Brazil
Near the south-east angle of the Trewern Chapel rises the ancient Celtic cross that figures conspicuously in our sketch.
"Nooks and Corners of Pembrokeshire" by H. Thornhill Timmins
Celtic Cross in Breage Churchyard, 24.
"The Story of an Ancient Parish" by H. R. Coulthard
In Scotland and Ireland it was mostly on sculptured stones, which are many times themselves ancient Celtic crosses.
"The Swastika" by Thomas Wilson
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In poetry:

Here are men of the Celtic breed,
Lads of the smile and tear,
From where the loops of the Shannon flow,
And the crosses gleam in the even-glow,
And the halls of Tara now are low,
And Donegal cliffs are sheer.
"The Vale Of Shadows" by Clinton Scollard

In news:

Patrick Catholic Church in Tacoma plans blessing for new Celtic cross .
Patrick Catholic Church and School will host a blessing ceremony to dedicate a new 20-foot Celtic cross and sign at 8:45 am today.
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