chal·ice | \ˈcha-ləs \

Definition of chalice 

1 : a drinking cup : goblet especially : the eucharistic cup

2 : the cup-shaped interior of a flower

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On June 27, before a funeral for Agnes Hicks could begin at St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte Hall, WTTG-TV reports a guest knocked over a chalice, damaging it and angering the priest. Fox News, "Priest who booted funeral from church placed on leave," 3 July 2018 But despite his otherwise nondescript appearance, the hulking chalice made Alex Ovechkin unmistakable, one of Russia's most recognizable athletes carrying hockey's grandest trophy to his country's most iconic spot. Isabelle Khurshudyan,, "Alex Ovechkin brings the Stanley Cup to his homeland of Russia: 'It was incredible'," 9 July 2018 Hence, golden chalices, carved rhino horns and glass tankards. Christopher Borrelli,, "That red plastic cup is a Chicago original. Proceed to party.," 29 June 2018 There was one piece a crown of thorns (from Sean Leane) and the chalice potentially. Rosemary Feitelberg | Wwd,, "The Met’s Costume Institute unveils ‘Heavenly Bodies’ exhibition during preview before the Met Gala," 7 May 2018 Who knows, those hockey, speedskating and other ice programs might eventually include a visit from a shiny, legendary silver chalice that rewards greatness on ice. Steve Rosenbloom,, "NFL owners got played for suckers by Donald Trump, and they did it to themselves," 5 June 2018 Beer drinkers can exchange 3 tickets for a domestic beer, 4 tickets for craft and imported brews, or 5 tickets for import beer with a souvenir chalice. Nicole Miller-coleman,, "Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival 2018," 26 May 2018 Surely this augured a trip to the Cup Finals and a chance at last to sip from Lord Stanley’s chalice. Erik Brady, USA TODAY, "Can Capitals break losing spell for woebegone Washington?," 23 May 2018 The bishop says his father decided to become a part of the church after he and his mother had been allowed to drink from the same chalice being passed among white parishioners in racially segregated Ohio. NBC News, "Chicago bishop Michael Bruce Curry to speak at royal wedding," 12 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of chalice

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


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Kids Definition of chalice

: goblet

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