One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The imperial standard of Constantine the Great, which bore Christian symbolic imagery fused with the military symbols of the Roman Empire.
- ‘The labarum was a purely military flag, and definitely not a flag for the church.’
- ‘Also the labarums the Romans have are missing an actual Chi-Rho on the top of the pole and instead they have an eagle.’
- ‘Never was any bearer of this holy labarum injured during fights.’
- ‘The labarum, like the vexillium, had sometimes fringes with tassels or ribbons.’
- 1.1rare A banner or flag bearing symbolic motifs.
- ‘The labarums were all over the place and when the MC called his name the place exploded.’
- ‘It was not until 1935 that standards and labarums were granted to artillery and engineer regiments.’
Early 17th century: from late Latin, of unknown origin.
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