orphrey

noun
or·​phrey | \ ˈȯr-frē How to pronounce orphrey (audio) \
plural orphreys

Definition of orphrey

1a : elaborate embroidery
b : a piece of such embroidery
2 : an ornamental border or band especially on an ecclesiastical vestment

First Known Use of orphrey

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

History and Etymology for orphrey

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

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“Orphrey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orphrey. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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