• WordNet 3.6
    • n Maundy a public ceremony on Maundy Thursday when the monarch distributes Maundy money
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Maundy The alms distributed in connection with this ceremony or on Maundy Thursday.
    • Maundy The ceremony of washing the feet of the poor on Maundy Thursday.
    • Maundy The sacrament of the Lord's Supper.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n maundy A commandment.
    • n maundy The sacrament of the Lord's supper.
    • n maundy The ceremony of washing the feet of poor persons or inferiors, performed as a religious rite on Maundy Thursday in commemoration of Christ's washing the disciples' feet at the last supper. It consists in the washing of the feet of a number of men, generally twelve (in the Western Church usually paupers or poor priests), by a priest, prelate, or sovereign. The custom, of very early origin, is obsolete in the Anglican Church, but is still observed in the Greek Church and in the Roman Catholic Church. See lavipedium, pedilavium.
    • n maundy [capitalized] The office appointed to be read during the ceremony of feet-washing.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Maundy mawn′di the religious ceremony of washing the feet of others, esp. of inferiors, in commemoration of Christ's washing His disciples' feet at the Last Supper—still practised in Austria by the emperor
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Maundy Thursday
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. mande (Fr. mandé)—L. mandātum, command, i.e. the 'new Commandment' of John, xiii. 34.


In literature:

On the 8th of April the Easter holidays will begin and we shall go on the 11th, on Maundy Thursday.
"A Young Girl's Diary" by An Anonymous Young Girl
Now, that night of Maundy Thursday the cure of Clisson was in his chamber and was about to go to bed.
"A Monk of Fife Being the chronicle written by Norman Leslie of Pitcullo, concerning marvellous deeds that befell in the realm of France, in the years of our redemption, MCCCCXXIX-XXXI. Now first done into English out of the French" by Andrew Lang
He wrote a hymn for Maundy Thursday.
"A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" by James Joyce
On Maundy Thursday, April 4, we were in long.
"The South Pole, Volumes 1 and 2" by Roald Amundsen
There were Tenebrae on the following days, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, and Lothair was present on both occasions.
"Lothair" by Benjamin Disraeli
Thursday before Easter Day was called Shere, or Maundy, Thursday.
"Old English Sports" by Peter Hampson Ditchfield
The ceremonies in St. Peter's on Maundy Thursday exceeded in pomp and magnificence anything that could be remembered in Rome.
"The Eternal City" by Hall Caine
There also it was that he held his Maundy on the Thursday before Good Friday, and washed the feet of beggars.
"Westminster Abbey" by Mrs. A. Murray Smith
In 1804 the Maundy penny head set in an octagonal compartment was employed.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 6" by Various
He also provided the Maundy gifts and selected the poor for the washing of feet.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 8" by Various

In poetry:

iii. Maundy Thursday
Torches and lamps, now that day is done,
Another city than His own makes bright,-
Man's heart of terror: where by clouds the Sun
Is judged, condemned, obscured, and put to night.
"Night" by Charles Walter Stansby Williams

In news:

Tonight is Maundy Thursday, the first of the Great Three Days in the Christian tradition.
DAVIDSON – A Maundy Thursday service will take place April 5 at 7 pm in the Congregation House of Davidson College Presbyterian Church.
A Maundy Thursday supper will begin at 6 pm on April 5.
They include dramas, Maundy Thursday services, the Last Supper, Good Friday, and the crucifixion of Christ and His resurrection on Easter Sunday.
On Maundy Thursday, April 5, a special 6 pm foot-washing service will be followed by stripping of the altar.
Maundy Thursday Service will be held April 9, 7 pm at Kaneville United Methodist Church.
Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Beatrice leave York Minster after a Maundy Thursday service on April 5, 2012, in York, England.
(CBS News) Britain's Queen Elizabeth II got some help from her granddaughter with the traditional Maundy Thursday work of handing out coins to pensioners.
"The Living Scene"—a depiction of Leonardo Da Vinci's painting of "The Last Supper"—was the unique feature of Maundy Thursday services at the United Methodist Church in Valley Falls.
Queen gives ' Maundy money'.
Maundy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles, falling every year on the day before Good Friday.
Maundy Thursday service planned.
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.