or aum·bry

[ am-bree ]
/ ˈæm bri /

noun, plural am·bries.

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.

Nearby words

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  2. ambrosial,
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  5. ambrotype,
  6. ambsace,
  7. ambu bag,
  8. ambulacrum,
  9. ambulance,
  10. ambulance chaser

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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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aumbry (ˈɔːmbrɪ)

/ (ˈæmbrɪ) /

noun plural -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 for ambry

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

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