Definition of Christogram in US English:



  • A symbol for Christ, consisting of the Greek letters chi (Χ) and rho (Ρ).

    • ‘On the main wall opposite the entrance the apostles Peter and Paul are pointing towards the Christogram symbolising the presence of Christ.’
    • ‘One of the oldest Christograms is the Chi-Rho or Labarum.’
    • ‘The Chi-Rho monogram, or Christogram, combined X and P, the first two letters in the name of Christ.’
    • ‘The most common Christogram is IHS or IHC, derived from the first three letters of the Greek name of Jesus.’
    • ‘The letters forming the Christogram begin an elegiac couplet in Greek that moves down the mast to encompass part of the ship, at which point a series of Latin hexameters takes over.’