from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A band of elaborate embroidery decorating the front of certain ecclesiastical vestments.
- n. Elaborate embroidery, especially when made of gold.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A band of rich embroidery, wholly or in part of gold, affixed to vestments, especially those of ecclesiastics.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A kind of embroidery in gold. See orphrey-work.
- n. 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a richly embroidered edging on an ecclesiastical vestment
Middle English orfrey, alteration of orfreis, from Old French, from Medieval Latin aurifrigium : Latin aurum, gold + Latin Phrygius, Phrygian.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman orfrais, orfreis et al., Middle French orfrais, from Late Latin aurifrasium, aurifrisium, variant of aurifrigium, from Latin aurum Phrygium ("gold embroidery"), literally “Phrygian gold”. (Wiktionary)