Gremial(Ecol) A cloth, often adorned with gold or silver lace, placed on the bishop's lap while he sits in celebrating mass, or in ordaining priests.
aGremialOf or pertaining to the lap or bosom.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
gremialOf or pertaining to the lap or bosom.
gremialInterior; pertaining to the internal affairs of a corporation or society, or confined to its members.
ngremialA bosom friend; a confidant.
ngremialOne who is receiving nurture or education; specifically, a resident at a university.
ngremialEccles., a piece of cloth, originally a towel of fine linen, later a piece of silk or damask and often adorned with gold or silver lace, placed on the lap of a bishop, during mass or ordination, to protect his vestments from the consecrated oil. A similar vestment used by the Pope is called a subcinctorium.
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
nGremialgrē′mi-al a piece of cloth laid on a bishop's knees to keep his vestments clean from oil at ordinations.