Maundy money

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Maundy money specially minted silver coins that are distributed by the British sovereign on Maundy Thursday
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Maundy money Silver coins or money of the nominal value of 1d., 2d., 3d., and 4d., struck annually for the Maundy alms.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Maundy money the money given away on Maundy Thursday, the Thursday in Passion week, by the royal almoner, usually a penny for each year of the sovereign's reign—the small silver coins specially coined since 1662
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. mande (Fr. mandé)—L. mandātum, command, i.e. the 'new Commandment' of John, xiii. 34.

Usage

In literature:

The nuns of St Mary de Pre (St Albans) had "Maundy ale" and "Maundy money" given to them.
"Medieval English Nunneries c. 1275 to 1535" by Eileen Edna Power
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In news:

Queen gives ' Maundy money'.
Queen gives ' Maundy money '.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth hands out Maundy money during the Maundy Thursday service at Westminster Abbey in London, April 21.
Queen Elizabeth handed out " Maundy money " to the needy today.
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