[ as-per-sawr-ee-uh m, -sohr- ]
/ ˌæs pərˈsɔr i əm, -ˈsoʊr- /

noun, plural as·per·so·ri·a [as-per-sawr-ee-uh, -sohr-] /ˌæs pərˈsɔr i ə, -ˈsoʊr-/, as·per·so·ri·ums. Roman Catholic Church.

a vessel for holding holy water.

Origin of aspersorium

From Medieval Latin, dating back to 1860–65; see origin at asperse, -tory2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for aspersorium

  • And those figures that moved about it, with censor and aspersorium, were as angels for tenderness and dignity and undoubted power.

    None Other Gods|Robert Hugh Benson
  • A brush or aspersorium, used for sprinkling holy water, was leaning against the wall.

    Under the Rose|Frederic Stewart Isham
  • The brush used for sprinkling is an aspergill (aspergillum), or aspersoir, and the vessel for this water an aspersorium.

British Dictionary definitions for aspersorium


/ (ˌæspəˈsɔːrɪəm) /

noun plural -ria (-rɪə) or -riums RC Church

a basin containing holy water with which worshippers sprinkle themselves
Also called: aspergillum a perforated instrument used to sprinkle holy water
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012