verb (used with object) Archaic.

  1. to make the sign of the cross on, as for protection against evil influences.
  2. to bless.


  1. (tr) archaic to make the sign of the cross over so as to bless or protect from evil or sin

v.“to cross oneself; to mark with the sign of the cross,” Old English segnian, from Latin signare “to sign” (in Church Latin “to make the sign of the Cross”); see sign (n.). A common Germanic borrowing, cf. Old Saxon segnon, Dutch zegenen, Old High German seganon, German segnen “to bless,” Old Norse signa.

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