verb (used with object) Archaic.
- to make the sign of the cross on, as for protection against evil influences.
- to bless.
- (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.