Ambry meaning

ămbrē
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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.

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(chiefly british) A pantry.
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A niche or cabinet, usually near the altar of a church, for keeping holy oil or other sacramental materials.
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(archaic) A cupboard, locker, or pantry.
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(now historical, rare) A bookcase; a library or archive. [from 13th c.]
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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.

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(now rare) A pantry, or place to store food. [from 14th c.]
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(architecture) A cupboard or storage area in a church to hold books, communion vessels, vestments, etc.; an armarium. [from 16th c.]
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Origin of ambry

  • Middle English almerie place for safekeeping from Old French almarie from Medieval Latin almārium from Latin armārium closet from arma tools arm2

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman almarie, aumer, etc., from Old French almarie, from Latin armārium.

    From Wiktionary