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[am-bree] /ˈæm bri/
noun, plural aumbries.


or aumbry

[am-bree] /ˈæm bri/
noun, plural ambries.
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.
Chiefly British Dialect. a storeroom, closet, or pantry.
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Historical Examples
  • The aumbry in the south wall has a semicircular arch, and has been double.

  • She opened swiftly an aumbry in which there stood a tankard of milk.

    The Fifth Queen Ford Madox Ford
  • Note the piscina and aumbry; the old font; the stoup in the S. porch.

    Somerset G.W. Wade and J.H. Wade
  • The sedilia in the chancel and the aumbry in the north transept should be seen.

    Wanderings in Wessex Edric Holmes
  • Note the old font which was evidently at one time coloured; also the aumbry, piscina and sedile.

    Seaward Sussex Edric Holmes
  • This monument partly hides an ancient niche or aumbry, where the wafer was probably kept in pre-Reformation times.

    Nooks and Corners of Pembrokeshire H. Thornhill Timmins
  • The sedilia are Perpendicular, and an Early English piscina and aumbry are observable behind the altar.

  • In each of these the old piscina and aumbry remain near where the altar had been placed.

  • The aumbry in the north wall was the receptacle in which S. Richard's head was preserved in a case of silver.

  • In the next chapel, that of the Four Virgins, there is nothing to show where the aumbry or the piscina was.

British Dictionary definitions for aumbry


noun (pl) -bries
a variant of ambry


noun (pl) -bries
a recessed cupboard in the wall of a church near the altar, used to store sacred vessels, etc
(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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