One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A 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.’
- 1.1historical Constantine the Great's imperial standard, 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, like the vexillium, had sometimes fringes with tassels or ribbons.’
- ‘The labarum was a purely military flag, and definitely not a flag for the church.’
Early 17th century: from late Latin, of unknown origin.
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