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ambry

or aum·bry

[am-bree]
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noun, plural am·bries.
  1. Also called armarium. Ecclesiastical. a recess in the wall of a church or a cupboard in the sacristy where sacred vessels, books, vestments, etc., are kept.
  2. Chiefly British Dialect. a storeroom, closet, or pantry.
  3. Obsolete. any of various types of closet or cupboard with doors and shelves.

Origin of ambry

1200–1250; Middle English aumry, almerie, almarie < Old French aumaire, almarie < Medieval Latin almārium, dissimilated variant of armārium < L. See armarium
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Examples from the Web for ambry

Historical Examples

  • There is a double Early English piscina in the south wall, and an ambry in the north.

    Notes and Queries, Number 71, March 8, 1851

    Various

  • Ambry, am′bri, n. a niche in churches in which the sacred utensils were kept: a cupboard for victuals.

  • There is an ambry in the south wall near the east end, and the doorway is semicircular and of Norman character.

    Scottish Cathedrals and Abbeys

    Dugald Butler and Herbert Story

  • Betty Lamb found the ambry niche in the wall of the ruin at the side of the place where the altar had been.

  • With that he restored the goblet to the secret shelf, put back the drawer, and shut the ambry door.

    Foes

    Mary Johnston


British Dictionary definitions for ambry

ambry

aumbry (ˈɔːmbrɪ)

noun plural -bries
  1. a recessed cupboard in the wall of a church near the altar, used to store sacred vessels, etc
  2. obsolete a small cupboard or other storage space

Word Origin

C14: from Old French almarie, from Medieval Latin almārium, from Latin armārium chest for storage, from arma arms
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