Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A band of elaborate embroidery decorating the front of certain ecclesiastical vestments.
  • noun Elaborate embroidery, especially when made of gold.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A kind of embroidery in gold. See orphrey-work.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A band of rich embroidery, wholly or in part of gold, affixed to vestments, especially those of ecclesiastics.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a richly embroidered edging on an ecclesiastical vestment

Etymologies

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

[Middle English orfrey, alteration of orfreis, from Old French, from Medieval Latin aurifrigium : Latin aurum, gold + Latin Phrygius, Phrygian.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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”.

Examples

  • Length 148.5 cm (orphrey on back) Width 41.3 cm (width of ophrey on back at widest point)

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • Length 148.5 cm (orphrey on back) Width 41.3 cm (width of ophrey on back at widest point)

    Three Fifteenth Century Chasubles

  • Woven silk velvet ground, with orphrey of linen embroidered with silver, silver-gilt and silks metal threads couched; silks in split stitch; glass

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • Woven silk velvet ground, with orphrey of linen embroidered with silver, silver-gilt and silks metal threads couched; silks in split stitch; glass

    Three Fifteenth Century Chasubles

  • These shields are to go on the red velvet orphrey of the red cope that I have just made the last piece of my red solemn set that I made for my ordination to the diaconate.

    Doing some embroidery

  • Timotheos Prologizes: Here's the orphrey material skip to main

    Here's the orphrey material

  • These shields are to go on the red velvet orphrey of the red cope that I have just made the last piece of my red solemn set that I made for my ordination to the diaconate.

    Archive 2006-07-01

  • 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

  • Sometimes most complicated patterns are laid down in string and covered with gold thread in this way, _e. g._: -- fig. 138 shows an interlacing pattern taken from the border of an orphrey upon a

    Embroidery and Tapestry Weaving

  • On the orphrey are emblazoned the arms of Warwick, Castile and Leon, Ferrars, Geneville Everard, the badge of the Knights

    Chats on Old Lace and Needlework

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