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monstrance

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noun mon·strance \ˈmän(t)-strən(t)s\

Definition of monstrance

  1. :  a vessel in which the consecrated Host is exposed for the adoration of the faithful



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Origin of monstrance

Middle English mustraunce, monstrans demonstration, monstrance, from Anglo-French mustrance show, sign, from Medieval Latin monstrantia, from Latin monstrare to show, from monstrum


First Known Use: 15th century


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