Definition of Geneva bands in English:

Geneva bands

plural noun

  • Two white cloth strips attached to the collar of some Protestants' clerical dress.

    • ‘Clergy may also wear bands, which may be of black material, which are also known as Geneva bands.’
    • ‘The parson in his Geneva bands conducted the service from an original 1836 Slaidburn prayer book, assisted by his solemn parish clerk.’
    • ‘A stout priest wearing an old fashioned wig, a cassock, stained surplice and Geneva bands stood smiling unctuously beside the Keeper.’
    • ‘Those worn by clergy are often called preaching bands, tabs or Geneva bands; those worn by lawyers are called barrister's bands or, more usually in Canada, tabs.’
    • ‘He is marked out by the Geneva bands, a pair of white strips, that he wears at his neck.’


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


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