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