am·​ice | \ ˈa-məs How to pronounce amice (audio) \

Definition of amice

: a liturgical vestment made of an oblong piece of cloth usually of white linen and worn about the neck and shoulders and partly under the alb

First Known Use of amice

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for amice

Middle English amice, amyse "liturgical vestment, wrap, cloak," borrowed from Anglo-French amice, aumice, perhaps a conflation of amit "liturgical vestment" with amuce, aumuce, almuce "cap, hood," borrowed from or going back to Medieval Latin almutia, almucia, of obscure origin; amit going back to Latin amictus "mantle, cloak, head covering, clothing," from amiciō, amicere "to cover (with an outer garment), clothe," from am-, assimilated form of amb- "around, about," + jacere "to throw, cast" + -tus, suffix of action nouns — more at ambient entry 1, jet entry 3

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“Amice.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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