Monstrance meaning

mŏnstrəns
A receptacle in which the host is held and displayed.
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(r.c.ch.) A receptacle in which the consecrated Host is exposed for adoration.
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An ornamental, often precious receptacle, either open or with a transparent cover, in which the sacramental bread is placed for veneration.
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Origin of monstrance

  • Middle English from Old French from Medieval Latin mōnstrantia from Latin mōnstrāns mōnstrant- present participle of mōnstrāre to show from mōnstrum portent, monster monster

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

  • From post-classical Latin monstrantia, from classical Latin monstrāns, present participle of monstrāre (“to show").

    From Wiktionary