maundy

noun, often attributive maun·dy
variants: or Maundy \ˈmȯndē, ˈmän-, -di\

Definition of maundy

plural -es
1 :a ceremony of washing the feet of the poor on Maundy Thursday
2 a :alms distributed in connection with the maundy ceremony or on Maundy Thursday
b :maundy money
  • With the growth of the numismatic hobby … the silver Maundy coins, especially full sets … have become more highly prized and correspondingly expensive.
  • —Herbert C. BardesNew York Times22 Mar. 1964
  • maundy coinage
3 obsolete :feast

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Origin and Etymology of maundy

Middle English maunde, from Old French mandé, from Latin mandatum command, order; from the words spoken by Jesus to his disciples after washing their feet at the Last Supper, “a new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another” (John 13:34 Authorized Version)


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