- a cup for the wine of the Eucharist or Mass.
- the wine contained in it.
- a drinking cup or goblet.
- a cuplike blossom.
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
December 21, 2013
Specifically, the cup-sharing method, in which one chalice is filled and re-used by all parishioners.Can You Catch a Cold at Communion?
December 13, 2013
Does this mean wiping the chalice or arranging flowers on the altar?What About Women, Pope Francis?
Janine di Giovanni
August 1, 2013
Our destiny offers, not the cup of despair, but the chalice of opportunity.
When, after the offertory, Pierre uncovered the chalice he felt contempt for himself.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
The Offertory having been recited, the priest uncovered the chalice.Abbe Mouret's Transgression
But the Wee Folk were under a cloud; sceptical hints had embittered the chalice.The Golden Age
At Guimarães the chalice of São Torquato is of the thirteenth century.Portuguese Architecture
Walter Crum Watson
- poetic a drinking cup; goblet
- Christianity a gold or silver cup containing the wine at Mass
- the calyx of a flower, esp a cup-shaped calyx
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.