a richly embroidered decorative band, as on a chasuble
Origin of orphreyMiddle English orferay, taken as singular of orfreis, orphrey ; from Old French ; from Medieval Latin aurifrigium ; from Classical Latin aurum, gold (see east) + Medieval Latin frisium, frieze
nounpl. or·phreys also or·frays
- A band of elaborate embroidery decorating the front of certain ecclesiastical vestments.
- Elaborate embroidery, especially when made of gold.
Origin of orphreyMiddle English orfrey, alteration of orfreis, from Old French, from Medieval Latin aurifrigium : Latin aurum, gold + Latin Phrygius, Phrygian.
the early 15th-century Erpingham chasuble, of Italian silk with an English orphrey