- a cup for the wine of the Eucharist or Mass.
- the wine contained in it.
Origin of chalice
Examples from the Web for chalice
The second book, The Chalice, recently came out in paperback.
BH: Now tell me about the community of women you wrote and imagined in The Chalice—a priory of Dominican nuns.
The lamb stands upon an altar and bleeds into a chalice—the Holy Grail.Hitler’s Hunt for the Holy Grail and the Ghent Altarpiece|Noah Charney|December 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Specifically, the cup-sharing method, in which one chalice is filled and re-used by all parishioners.
Does this mean wiping the chalice or arranging flowers on the altar?
He leaves to Sir Thomas of Langton, chaplain, a toga of sanguine color furred; a chalice worth 40s., or 40s.Parish Priests and Their People in the Middle Ages in England|Edward L. Cutts
Fallen from the blue above, Clearest dew, heaven's drop for me, Pearl dissolved secretly In the chalice of my love.Enamels and Cameos and other Poems|Thophile Gautier
He had bent one moment, before she took the chalice in her trembling hand.St. Cuthbert's|Robert E. Knowles
He took another sip and waited, noticing that already there were slight signs of diminution in the contents of the chalice.Sally Bishop|E. Temple Thurston
The staff on being touched fell to pieces but the chalice was removed to the college to be treasured there.Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Rochester|G. H. Palmer
British Dictionary definitions for chalice
Word Origin for chalice
Word Origin and History for chalice
early 14c., from Anglo-French chalice, from Old French chalice, collateral form of calice (Modern French calice), from Latin calicem (nominative calix) "cup," cognate with Greek kylix "cup, drinking cup, cup of a flower," from PIE root *kal- "cup." Ousted Old English cognate cælic, an ecclesiastical borrowing of the Latin word, and earlier Middle English caliz, from Old North French.