Definition of Orphrey

1. Noun. A richly embroidered edging on an ecclesiastical vestment.

Generic synonyms: Edging
Group relationships: Vestment



Definition of Orphrey

1. n. A band of rich embroidery, wholly or in part of gold, affixed to vestments, especially those of ecclesiastics.

Definition of Orphrey

1. Noun. An ornamental band or border or embroidery, ''especially'' on an ecclesiastical vestment. ¹

2. Noun. Any elaborate embroidery, ''especially'' that is made of gold thread. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Orphrey

1. an ornamental band or border [n -PHREYS]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Orphrey

orphanship
orphanships
orpharion
orpharions
orpheite
orpheline
orphenadrine
orphenadrine citrate
orphenadrine hydrochloride
orpheus
orphic
orphical
orphically
orphism
orphisms
orphrey (current term)
orphreyed
orphreys
orpiment
orpiments
orpin
orpine
orpines
orpins
orra
orrach
orrachs
orreries
orrery
orrice

Literary usage of Orphrey

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Belgravia by Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1875)
"'I—I don't like to part with the various items I cannot pay for,' faltered Mr. orphrey, ' because, you see, they might be consigned to secular uses. ..."

2. Church Vestments: Their Origin, Use, and Ornament Practically Illustrated by Anastasia Dolby (1868)
"Still, we cannot resist inclining to the notion that the orphrey was left unattached, save to the upper part of the vestment, that the ornamental work upon ..."

3. Catalogue of the Special Loan Exhibition of Decorative Art Needlework Made ...by Victoria and Albert Museum, South Kensington Museum by Victoria and Albert Museum, South Kensington Museum (1874)
"Mackenzie Walcot, in his " Sacred Archaeology," says orphrey comes from auri- ... dictionary the word orphrey is said to be derived from ..."

4. A History of the Vyne in Hampshire: Being a Short Account of the Building by Chaloner William Chute (1888)
"orphrey or band. \ Set. \ Gradual! or service boohs. § The linen cloth spread over the consecrated bread. ..."

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