Definition of labarum in English:



  • 1The imperial standard of Constantine the Great, which bore Christian symbolic imagery fused with the military symbols of the Roman Empire.

    • ‘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 was a purely military flag, and definitely not a flag for the church.’
    • ‘The labarum, like the vexillium, had sometimes fringes with tassels or ribbons.’
    1. 1.1rare A banner or flag bearing symbolic motifs.
      • ‘It was not until 1935 that standards and labarums were granted to artillery and engineer regiments.’
      • ‘The labarums were all over the place and when the MC called his name the place exploded.’


Early 17th century: from late Latin, of unknown origin.