Orphrey meaning

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A band of elaborate embroidery decorating the front of certain ecclesiastical vestments.
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Elaborate embroidery, especially when made of gold.
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A richly embroidered decorative band, as on a chasuble.
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(Christianity) An embroidered ornamental band or border on an ecclesiastical vestment, altar frontal, etc. [from 15th c.]
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Origin of orphrey

  • Middle English orfrey alteration of orfreis from Old French from Medieval Latin aurifrigium Latin aurum gold Latin Phrygius Phrygian

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

  • From Anglo-Norman orfrais, orfreis et al., Middle French orfrais, from Late Latin aurifrasium, aurifrisium, variant of aurifrigium, from Latin aurum Phrygium (“gold embroidery"), literally “Phrygian gold".

    From Wiktionary