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 mōnstrantia from Latin mōnstrāns mōnstrant- present participle of mōnstrāre to show from mōnstrum 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.