Chrisom definition

krĭzəm
A white cloth or robe worn by an infant at baptism.
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(archaic) An infant wearing a baptismal robe; a baby.
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A white cloth or robe formerly put on a baby at baptism as a symbol of innocence: it was used as a shroud if the child died within a month of birth.
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(archaic) An innocent baby; infant.
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(obsolete) A white cloth, anointed with chrism, or a white mantle thrown over a child when baptized or christened.
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(obsolete) A child that died within a month after its baptism; so called from the chrisom cloth used as a shroud for it.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
chrisom
Plural:
chrisoms

Origin of chrisom

  • Middle English crisom variant of crisme chrisom, chrism chrism

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

  • See chrism.

    From Wiktionary