- a white cloth or robe put on a person at baptism to signify innocence.
Origin of chrisom
1400–50; late Middle English krysom, crysum, variant of chrism
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Examples from the Web for chrisom
The place dripped radiance; was filling like a chrisom with radiance.The Metal Monster
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
Chrisom Child (A), a child that dies within a month of its birth.Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol 1
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- Christianity a white robe put on an infant at baptism and formerly used as a burial shroud if the infant died soon afterwards
- archaic an infant wearing such a robe
- a variant spelling of chrism