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or aum·bry

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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.
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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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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


  • 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.


    Mary Johnston

British Dictionary definitions for 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
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Word Origin

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