chal·​ice | \ ˈcha-ləs How to pronounce chalice (audio) \

Definition of chalice

1 : a drinking cup : goblet especially : the eucharistic cup
2 : the cup-shaped interior of a flower

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Recent Examples on the Web Down by 4 points after the first two days, the Americans won eight of the 12 singles matches and halved the clincher to pull off a 14½-13½ triumph that marked the greatest comeback in the event since Samuel Ryder put up his golden chalice in 1927., "The way that Justin Leonard reckons it, there were 30,000 people around the 17th green at The Country Club two decades ago when he holed out his long putt to win the Ryder Cup for the Americans.," 23 Sep. 2019 What they didn't bank on was just how poisoned a chalice May had handed over. Luke Mcgee, CNN, "The UK has messed up Brexit. Now Boris Johnson is trapped in hell," 26 Oct. 2019 After being dead last on Jan. 2, the Blues completed an incredible run that ends with them lifting a 34.5-pound chalice. Kristen Nelson,, "Blues Capture First-Ever Stanley Cup in Franchise History," 12 June 2019 Porcelain figurines, stuffed dolls, crystals, chalices, and talismans covered every surface. Adam Green, The New Yorker, "How Derren Brown Remade Mind Reading for Skeptics," 30 Sep. 2019 Respected and not criticized' The Argentina manager's job, currently held by Lionel Scaloni, is arguably the most poisonous chalice in world football -- the dream job that no Argentine wants to take, but can't turn down. Matias Grez, CNN, "What next for Lionel Messi and Argentina after yet more international failure?," 3 July 2019 But legend had it that in that place was a grail chalice, or two cruets rather, one of blood and one of sweat. Ryan Parker, The Hollywood Reporter, "Nicolas Cage Explains His Dinosaur Skull Fiasco and Hunt for the (Literal) Holy Grail," 7 Aug. 2019 Scyrkles, who’s the only layperson with keys to St. Madeleine, lays out the chalice, sacramental bread and holy water before Mass; her sister, 61-year-old Cris Vigil, gives parishioners a taste of wine after receiving Communion. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, "Trona Catholics kept the faith as their town declined. Then, two earthquakes shook their ‘gem in the desert’," 5 Aug. 2019 Religious symbols such as the IHS sunburst, a chalice, the Eye of God, wheat and grapes, and the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts are spaced out along the street. Sarah Schutte, National Review, "Solemn Parties, Festive Liturgies — What’s Not to Like about Being Catholic?," 22 June 2019

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First Known Use of chalice

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chalice

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin calic-, calix; akin to Greek kalyx calyx

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“Chalice.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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: a special cup for holding wine especially : the cup used in the Christian ceremony of Communion


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