noun or·phrey \ˈȯr-frē\

Definition of orphrey



  1. 1a :  elaborate embroideryb :  a piece of such embroidery

  2. 2 :  an ornamental border or band especially on an ecclesiastical vestment

Origin and Etymology of orphrey

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

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