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noun Ecclesiastical.
  1. an oblong vestment, usually of white linen, worn about the neck and shoulders and partly under the alb.
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Origin of amice1

1200–50; Middle English amice(s) < Old French amis, amys, plural of amit < Latin amictus mantle, cloak, equivalent to amic-, base of amicīre to wrap around (am- ambi- + -ic-, combining stem of iacere to throw) + -tus noun suffix of verbal action (hence, orig. the act of wrapping around)


  1. almuce.
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Origin of amice2

late Middle English amisse < Middle French aumusse, aumuce < Spanish almucio < Latin almucia, almucium
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Historical Examples

  • But no one had seen the child that morning, and Amice declared he was not in the house.

    Penshurst Castle

    Emma Marshall

  • Others brought a cope of the colour of the day, with an amice, stole, and maniple.

  • On some he put their stole, on others their amice, on the deacons the alb.

  • The apparel of the amice cannot be too rich in its ornamentation.

    Rites and Ritual

    Philip Freeman

  • Is this the amice of the friar you saw issue from the copse?

British Dictionary definitions for amice


  1. Christianity a rectangular piece of white linen worn by priests around the neck and shoulders under the alb or, formerly, on the head
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Word Origin

C15: from Old French amis, plural of amit, or from Medieval Latin amicia, both from Latin amictus cloak, from amicīre to clothe, from am- ambi- + iacere to throw


  1. another word for almuce
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