noun, plural aum·bries.


or aum·bry


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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.

    The Fifth Queen

    Ford Madox Ford

  • Note the piscina and aumbry; the old font; the stoup in the S. porch.


    G.W. Wade and J.H. Wade

  • 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.

    Seaward Sussex

    Edric Holmes

British Dictionary definitions for aumbry


noun plural -bries

a variant of ambry


aumbry (ˈɔːmbrɪ)

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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