Definition of Celtic cross in English:

Celtic cross

Pronunciation /ˈkeltik/ /ˈkɛltɪk/ /ˈseltik krôs/ /ˈsɛltɪk krɔs/ /kräs/ /krɑs/


  • A Latin cross with a circle around the centre.

    ‘He may process with a Celtic cross and sing a rock version of the Agnus Dei.’
    • ‘The white sand, holding more than 100 lit tapers, rests in a box shaped like a Celtic cross.’
    • ‘They now take their eternal rest there with members of their family under a Celtic cross in Calvary Cemetery, erected by this writer in 1969.’
    • ‘They were fairly small, but arranged in the shape of a Celtic cross, and the view from the centre of the circle was fantastic, stretching out to the horizon in all directions.’
    • ‘They generally fell into one of three camps - a spartan Christian cross, a straightforward headstone or a Celtic cross with its characteristic intricate swirls.’
    • ‘He is also credited with inventing the Celtic cross, by superimposing the pagan sun symbol onto the crucifix.’
    • ‘A mile away at Kilmuir cemetery, among lichen-bearded gravestones, Mary MacLeod pointed me towards the tall Celtic cross that marks the grave of Flora MacDonald.’
    • ‘If you look at things like wedding breads, puzzle rings and Celtic crosses I think you might get a little glimpse of that ancient wisdom even now.’
    • ‘The church is another 10 minutes through the fields; it has three ancient Celtic crosses in the churchyard, and a newly installed Hardy window, designed by Simon Whistler and engraved with exquisite delicacy.’
    • ‘Galantas produces the jewellery itself in a range of Irish and Celtic themes, including Celtic crosses and tiepins - presented last year to the Taoiseach and former US president Bill Clinton.’
    • ‘From the doorway of the chapel the hooded figure charged with keeping the mountain cemetery watched the two warriors who walked among the headstones and Celtic crosses.’
    • ‘The second chair was white, and plush, and inhabited by a big woman with merry Asian eyes and a red robe embroidered with hundreds of Celtic crosses done in silver brocade.’
    • ‘Paul spent hours locating and reading the inscriptions on the tombstones and monuments, bedecked with harps, shamrocks, and Celtic crosses.’
    • ‘You can see echoes of Edinburgh step-gabling in the windows, hints of Scots baronial in the reception area and Celtic crosses carved into the ceiling.’
    • ‘These are basically Celtic crosses with some Scandinavian-style decoration, including mythological scenes.’
    • ‘Carvings adorn the walls, mostly Celtic crosses, but it's difficult to make out those of antiquity from more modern graffiti.’
    • ‘The Celtic cross establishes a visual link with the high crosses in Ireland and suggests relationships with Gaelic culture; its relevance to the famine is less apparent.’
    • ‘In that dwelling place Connor presented Emmanuelle with a golden Celtic cross which he placed delicately upon her breast and secured about her neck.’
    • ‘The 32-year-old, who has a Celtic cross on her left ankle and a shamrock on her left pelvic joint, got over her shyness as a youngster by taking Irish dancing classes.’
    • ‘One expression of that was superimposing a sun, a powerful Irish symbol, onto the Christian cross, resulting in what later came to be known as the Celtic cross.’