noun or·phrey \ˈr-frē\
plural orphreys

Definition of ORPHREY

a :  elaborate embroidery
b :  a piece of such embroidery
:  an ornamental border or band especially on an ecclesiastical vestment

Origin of ORPHREY

Middle English orfrey, from Anglo-French orfreis, from Medieval Latin aurifrigium, from Latin aurum gold + Phrygius Phrygian — more at aureus
First Known Use: 13th century


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