from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. In the Eastern Orthodox liturgical tradition, the distinguishing vestment of a bishop and the symbol of his spiritual and ecclesiastical authority. Originally of wool, it is a band of brocade decorated with crosses and is worn about the neck and around the shoulders.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In the Gr. Ch., a vestment corresponding to the Latin pallium, but broader, and tied about the neck in a knot.


From Byzantine Greek ὠμοφόριον, from Ancient Greek ὦμος ("shoulder") + φέρω ("carry"). (Wiktionary)



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • With beaded mitre and with crozier, stalled upon his throne, widower of a widowed see, with upstiffed omophorion, with clotted hinderparts.
    Joyce, Ulysses, 3

    December 30, 2006