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.
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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Examples from the Web for aumbry
Historical Examples of aumbry
The aumbry in the south wall has a semicircular arch, and has been double.
She opened swiftly an aumbry in which there stood a tankard of milk.
Note the piscina and aumbry; the old font; the stoup in the S. porch.
The sedilia in the chancel and the aumbry in the north transept should be seen.
Note the old font which was evidently at one time coloured; also the aumbry, piscina and sedile.
British Dictionary definitions for aumbry
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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