The standard adopted by the Emperor Constantine after his conversion to Christianity. It is described as a pike bearing a silk banner hanging from a crosspiece, and surmounted by a golden crown. It bore a monogram of the first two letters (CHR) of the name of Christ in its Greek form. Later, the name was given to various modifications of this standard.
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From Latin labarum, from Ancient Greek λαβαρόν (labaron).
labarum (plural labara) 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)
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