orphrey

noun

or·​phrey ˈȯr-frē How to pronounce orphrey (audio)
plural orphreys
1
a
: elaborate embroidery
b
: a piece of such embroidery
2
: an ornamental border or band especially on an ecclesiastical vestment

Word History

Etymology

Middle English orfrey, from Anglo-French orfreis, from Medieval Latin aurifrigium, from Latin aurum gold + Phrygius Phrygian — more at aureus

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of orphrey was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Orphrey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orphrey. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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