Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A monogram and symbol for Christ, consisting of the superimposed Greek letters chi (Χ) and rho (Ρ), often embroidered on altar cloths and clerical vestments. Also called Christogram.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

chi1 + rho, first two letters of Greek Khrīstos, Christ.

Examples

  • In the fifth century, emperors began weaving the Chi-Rho symbol together with the imperial seal.

    The Black Madonna

  • The gemstone had been sanded flat and carved with the Chi-Rho symbol.

    The Black Madonna

  • Cross with Chi-Rho, laurel wreath, and guards at the tomb, detail of 3rd C. panel, mid-4th century A.D.

    St Anselm 2

  • The Chi-Rho symbol was put on the shields of Constantine's soldiers (most of whom were pagans), and they won the battle.

    Robert S. McElvaine: Merry Xmas! -- O Unholy Night when Christ was Reborn

  • Quentin Hutchinson has remained silent since he found the early Christian Chi-Rho amulet while excavating a 4th-century grave near the Somerset town of Shepton Mallet in 1990.

    More on the Fake Christian Amulet

  • This revealed the Chi-Rho marking, an early Christian symbol formed by superimposing the first two letters, X and P, of the Greek word Christos, “the anointed one”.

    More on the Fake Christian Amulet

  • It also established that silver used to make the cross and the pierced disc that bears the Chi-Rho inscription comes from two sources.

    Archive 2008-09-01

  • One above, showing the Chi-Rho monogram, standing for Christ, with Alpha and Omega on each side, standing for the beginning and end, was found in the ruins of a fourth-century house-church at Lullingstone, Kent.

    Church of St Oswald, Widford, Oxfordshire

  • "X" is the Greek "Chi", part of the "Chi-Rho" used since ancient times as a symbol for Christ, and substituted to avoid taking the Lord's name in vain...

    I'm dreaming of a brown Xmas

  • An interesting find inside the destruction debris was the discovery of a stone with a Christian motive: a "Chi-Rho" referring to the first two letters of Christ.

    Interactive Dig Sagalassos - Domestic Area Report 6

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