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 The different shells might be splayed and ruffled like a cancan skirt, sleek and streamlined like a race car, flat like an open palm or deeply cupped like a chalice. Ian Mcnulty,, "At Sidecar, an ever-expanding New Orleans oyster bar shucks open new possibilities," 2 Feb. 2021 By the time the chalice arrived on the scene, the Romans had long since abandoned Vindolanda. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Britain’s Oldest Example of Christian Graffiti Found Near Hadrian’s Wall," 1 Sep. 2020 Recovered in 14 fragments, the chalice was once the size of a cereal bowl. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Britain’s Oldest Example of Christian Graffiti Found Near Hadrian’s Wall," 1 Sep. 2020 No, the Stars are still 10 wins away from the silver chalice. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Does the Dallas Stars’ sudden turnaround feel familiar? Because it should," 25 Aug. 2020 A few weeks ago, the gold chalice on the altar was stolen, along with the door on the church’s bathroom. Bill Donahue, Washington Post, "For the Olympics, poor communities in host cities are regularly displaced. For the Rio 2016 games, one village’s resistance sparked a global question: Should they be abolished?," 6 July 2020 Macaulay Culkin’s character literally prayed over it with a tall glass of milk in a chalice. Nick Rallo, Dallas News, "Craving mac and cheese? Try our 7 favorites at these Dallas-area restaurants," 15 May 2020 No Holy Communion from the chalice by the faithful; concelebrating priests should communicate by intinction. Madeline Mitchell,, "In-person Mass to resume, but this is not going to be 'a return to normal,' Archbishop says," 8 May 2020 Lawson said her church has already taken precautionary measures in recent weeks by foregoing the chalice cup of wine for communion while continuing to offer the communion wafer. Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "'How we can show love for the most vulnerable': Churches cancel in-person Easter services," 20 Mar. 2020

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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 3 Mar. 2021.

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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


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

Kids Definition of chalice

: goblet

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