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