R.C.Ch. a receptacle in which the consecrated Host is exposed for adoration
Origin of monstranceMiddle English munstraunce ; from Old French monstrance ; from Medieval Latin monstrantia ; from Classical Latin monstrare, to show, akin to monstrum: see monstera
nounRoman Catholic Church
A receptacle in which the host is held and displayed. Also called ostensorium.
Origin of monstranceMiddle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin m&omacron;nstrantia, from Latin m&omacron;nstrans, m&omacron;nstrant-, present participle of m&omacron;nstrare, to show, from m&omacron;nstrum, portent, monster; see monster.
- An ornamental, often precious receptacle, either open or with a transparent cover, in which the sacramental bread is placed for veneration.