Meaning of Christ-cross in English:


(also Christ's-cross, Criss-cross)

Pronunciation /ˈkrɪskrɒs/ /ˈkrɪskrɔːs/


  • 1Usually in form criss-cross. A figure or mark of a cross; especially a mark made in place of a signature by a person unable to write (now chiefly historical).

  • 2historical The figure of a cross (✠) formerly placed in front of the alphabet in hornbooks and primers for teaching children to read.

    Recorded earliest in Christ's cross me speed.


Late Middle English. In some forms from the genitive of Christ + cross.