Gremial

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Gremial A bosom friend.
    • 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.
    • a Gremial Of or pertaining to the lap or bosom.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • gremial Of or pertaining to the lap or bosom.
    • gremial Interior; pertaining to the internal affairs of a corporation or society, or confined to its members.
    • n gremial A bosom friend; a confidant.
    • n gremial One who is receiving nurture or education; specifically, a resident at a university.
    • n gremial Eccles., 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gremial grē′mi-al a piece of cloth laid on a bishop's knees to keep his vestments clean from oil at ordinations.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. gremium, lap, bosom
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. gremium, the lap.

Usage

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Associated Words: episcopal, episcopacy, bishopdom, episcopicide, crosier, chimere, episcopate, rochet, gremial.
"Putnam's Word Book" by Louis A. Flemming
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