from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Ecclesiastical A consecrated mixture of oil and balsam, used for anointing in church sacraments such as baptism and confirmation. Also called holy oil.
- n. Ecclesiastical A sacramental anointing, especially upon confirmation into the Eastern Orthodox Church.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A mixture of oil and balm, consecrated for use as an anointing fluid in certain Christian ceremonies, especially confirmation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Olive oil mixed with balm and spices, consecrated by the bishop on Maundy Thursday, and used in the administration of baptism, confirmation, ordination, etc.
- n. The same as Chrisom.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Eccles.: A sacred ointment, consecrated by a bishop, used in the rites of baptism, confirmation, ordination, and coronation, in the consecration of churches, altar-stones, and chalices, and in blessing the baptismal water.
- n. The rite of confirmation.
- n. Same as chrismal, .
- n. The baptismal vesture; a white garment formerly given to the newly baptized as a symbol of the new robe of righteousness given to the saints: in this sense commonly chrisom.
- n. In general, that with which one is anointed, or the act of anointing.
- n. A chrism-child.
- To anoint with chrism.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a consecrated ointment consisting of a mixture of oil and balsam
Middle English crisme, chrism, chrisom, from Old English crisma, from Latin chrīsma, from Greek khrīsma, an anointing, from khrīein, to anoint.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Medieval Latin crisma, from Ecclesiastical Latin chrisma, from Ancient Greek χρῖσμα (khrisma, "anointing”, “unction"), from χρίω ("anoint"). (Wiktionary)