- an ornamental band or border, especially on an ecclesiastical vestment.
- gold embroidery.
- rich embroidery of any sort.
- a piece of richly embroidered material.
Also or·fray [awr-frey, -free] /ˈɔr freɪ, -fri/.
Origin of orphrey
1300–50; Middle English orfreis (later construed as plural) < Old French < Medieval Latin aurifrisium, variant of aurifrigium, for Latin phrase aurum Phrygium gold embroidery, literally, Phrygian gold
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Examples from the Web for orphrey
The shoulders were vested in a cope, and this cameo set in the centre of the orphrey.The Churches of Paris
S. Sophia Beale
Orphrey, or′fri, n. gold or other rich embroidery attached to vestments, esp.
The orphrey is divided into tabernacles containing an archbishop, two bishops, and three kings and queens.Needlework As Art
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
less commonly orfray
- a richly embroidered band or border, esp on an ecclesiastical vestment
C13 orfreis, from Old French, from Late Latin aurifrisium, auriphrygium, from Latin aurum gold + Phrygius Phrygian
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