from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A vestment worn by ancient Hebrew priests.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A priestly apron, or breastplate, described in the Bible in Exodus 28: vi - xxx, which only the chief priest of ancient Israel was allowed to wear.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A part of the sacerdotal habit among Jews, being a covering for the back and breast, held together on the shoulders by two clasps or brooches of onyx stones set in gold, and fastened by a girdle of the same stuff as the ephod. The ephod for the priests was of plain linen; that for the high priest was richly embroidered in colors. The breastplate of the high priest was worn upon the ephod in front.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A Jewish priestly vestment, specifically that worn by the high priest.
  • n. An amice: a name formerly sometimes used in the Western Church, and also in use in the Coptic and Armenian churches. See vakass.


Middle English, from Late Latin, from Hebrew 'ēpôd; see אpd in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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