[ chal-is ]
/ ˈtʃæl ɪs /


  1. a cup for the wine of the Eucharist or Mass.
  2. the wine contained in it.
a drinking cup or goblet.
a cuplike blossom.


Origin of chalice

before 900; Middle English < Middle French < Latin calici- (stem of calix) cup; replacing Middle English caliz, calc, Old English calic < Latin calici-, as above

Related forms

chal·iced [chal-ist] /ˈtʃæl ɪst/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for chalice


/ (ˈtʃælɪs) /


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 for chalice

C13: from Old French, from Latin calix cup; related to Greek kalux calyx
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