The definition of an ambry is a nook or cabinet, frequently in a church in which sacred items are stored.
An example of an ambry is a storage place in which bibles or chalices may be kept.
Archaic a cupboard, locker, or pantry
Origin of ambryMiddle English almerie ; from Old French armarie ; from Classical Latin armarium, chest for tools or arms ; from arma, weapons
- Chiefly British A pantry.
- A niche or cabinet, usually near the altar of a church, for keeping holy oil or other sacramental materials.
Origin of ambryMiddle English almerie, place for safekeeping, from Old French almarie, from Medieval Latin almarium, from Latin armarium, closet, from arma, tools; see arm2.
- (now historical, rare) A bookcase; a library or archive. [from 13th c.]
- 1767, Patrick Sanderson, The antiquities of the abbey or cathedral church of Durham. Also a particular description of the county palatine of Durham, compiled from the best authorities and original manuscripts. […] , Durham: printed by J. White and T. Saint, for P. Sanderson, page 72:
- Within the Frater-house Door, on the Left Hand at entering, is a strong Almery in the Wall, wherein a great Mazer, called the Grace Cup, stood, which every Day served the Monks after grace, to drink out of round the Table; which cup was finely edged about with Silver, and double gilt.
- (now rare) A pantry, or place to store food. [from 14th c.]
- (architecture) A cupboard or storage area in a church to hold books, communion vessels, vestments, etc.; an armarium. [from 16th c.]