chal·​ice ˈcha-ləs How to pronounce chalice (audio)
: a drinking cup : goblet
especially : the eucharistic cup
: the cup-shaped interior of a flower

Examples of chalice in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Integrate syringes, candy eyeballs, pumpkin (or regular) candy corn, toy skeletons, and spiders, and serve them in vintage, creepy-looking cocktail glasses or chalices. Christina Manian, Rdn, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Oct. 2023 The only items missing were the priest’s accordion and chalice. Emily St. Martin, Los Angeles Times, 17 Oct. 2023 This one is filled with fantastically ornate sixteenth-century silver objects, including goblets, chalices, and a miniature warship. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, 19 June 2023 In it, a round, bready dish can be seen sitting next to a wine chalice and series of fruits and flowers, all arraigned on a silver platter. Mary Walrath-Holdridge, USA TODAY, 28 June 2023 Rome’s special superintendent Daniela Porro said that before the discovery, seven of Nero's glass chalices had been discovered in other areas. Jenny Goldsberry, Washington Examiner, 29 July 2023 The focaccia is served on a silver plate and is paired with wine in a chalice. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 29 June 2023 One is an amber-brown piece adorned with playful dots; another is a symmetrical chalice with a bulbous stem; and another is stout glass with an orange ombré bowl. Erica Gonzales, ELLE, 15 June 2023 As important as their contributions to rebloom and fragrance, the Chinas and Teas brought new textures and shapes to garden roses: for example, the chalice blooms of 'Cramoisi Superieur' or the petals of the Tea rose 'Mrs. B.R. Cant', which look like they were squeezed from a tube of icing. Benjamin Whitacre, Better Homes & Gardens, 31 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of chalice was in the 14th century

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“Chalice.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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chal·​ice ˈchal-əs How to pronounce chalice (audio)
: goblet
especially : the cup used in the sacrament of Communion

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