• WordNet 3.6
    • n orphrey a richly embroidered edging on an ecclesiastical vestment
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Orphrey A band of rich embroidery, wholly or in part of gold, affixed to vestments, especially those of ecclesiastics.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n orphrey A kind of embroidery in gold. See orphrey-work.
    • n orphrey An ornamental band or border on certain ecclesiastical vestments, especially chasubles and copes, usually done in orphrey-work. The apparel of the amice, if done in orphrey-work, is sometimes called the orphrey of the amice. See amice, 2, chasuble, and cope, 2.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Orphrey or′fri gold or other rich embroidery attached to vestments, esp. chasuble and cope.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Orfrays
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. orfroior—L. aurum, gold, Fr. fraise, fringe.


In literature:

Outshone by the shimmer of the orphreys and the stones, the costumes of the other judges appeared darker and discordant.
"Là-bas" by J. K. Huysmans
The orphreys, or straight borders which go down both fronts of the cope, are decorated with heraldic charges.
"Arts and Crafts in the Middle Ages" by Julia De Wolf Addison
The chasuble upon which this orphrey is placed is made of a lovely brocaded silk decorated with falcons, peahens, and roses.
"Embroidery and Tapestry Weaving" by Grace Christie
Judging from these, and the embroidered orphrey which the authorities bought from the Hockon Collection for L119 1s.
"Chats on Old Lace and Needlework" by Emily Leigh Lowes
In the orphrey are kings, queens, archbishops, and bishops.
"Needlework As Art" by Marian Alford
In the middle of the orphrey is a figure of Our Lord holding the orb in His left hand and with His right hand raised in benediction.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 3" by Various
There is a good deal of colour on the tomb; the chasuble is red with green lining, its orphreys are painted on the stone.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Wells" by Percy Dearmer
The Vestment is of the early 16th century, the Orphreys of the late 14th century.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 8" by Various
The word is also applied to the "orphreys," i.e.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 3" by Various
Upon the orphreys and hood are represented the seven Works of Mercy.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 3" by Various