labarum

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin labarum.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

labarum (plural labara)

  1. The Roman military standard adopted by Constantine I. The banner was known for its Christian chi-rho sign - .
    • 1658: Nor shall we urge the labarum, and famous Standard of Constantine, or make further use thereof, than as the first Letters in the Name of our Saviour Christ — Sir Thomas Browne, The Garden of Cyrus (Folio Society 2007, p. 168)

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Maybe from Proto-Indo-European *leb- (to hang loosely).[1] See also Latin labium and lambō.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

labarum n (genitive labarī); second declension

  1. labarum

Inflection[edit]

Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative labarum labara
genitive labarī labarōrum
dative labarō labarīs
accusative labarum labara
ablative labarō labarīs
vocative labarum labara

References[edit]

  1. ^ Walde, Alois; Hofmann, Johann Baptist (1938), “labarum”, in Lateinisches etymologisches Wörterbuch (in German), volume I, 3rd edition, Heidelberg: Carl Winter, page 737