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English definition of “cross”

cross

noun [C] (OBJECT)    /krɒs/ US  /krɑːs/
B1 an object made of one long upright piece of wood , with a smaller piece across it near the top . In the past, people were tied or fastened with nails to crosses as a punishment and left hanging on them until they died . B1 an object in the shape of a cross that people were killed on, used as a symbol of Christianity : Christ died on the Cross. She wears a gold cross round her neck . The priest made the sign of the cross (= moved his or her hand down and then across the chest ) over the dead bodies .Specific signs and symbolsSigns, signals and symbolsReligious objects a medal in the shape of a cross: In Britain , the Victoria Cross is awarded for acts of great bravery during wartime .Prizes, rewards and medals
(Definition of cross noun (OBJECT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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