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[kriz-uh m]
  1. chrism.
  2. a white cloth or robe put on a person at baptism to signify innocence.
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Origin of chrisom

1400–50; late Middle English krysom, crysum, variant of chrism
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Examples from the Web for chrisom

Historical Examples

  • The place dripped radiance; was filling like a chrisom with radiance.

    The Metal Monster

    A. Merritt

  • The chrisom was the linen cloth, or garment, which the priest put on the recently baptized child.

  • She said no word thereon: as for her shrift,No Chrisom child could show a chart of thoughtsMore spotless than were hers.

    The Saint's Tragedy

    Charles Kingsley

  • Chrisom Child (A), a child that dies within a month of its birth.

British Dictionary definitions for chrisom


  1. Christianity a white robe put on an infant at baptism and formerly used as a burial shroud if the infant died soon afterwards
  2. archaic an infant wearing such a robe
  3. a variant spelling of chrism
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