- the ceremony of washing the feet of the poor, especially commemorating Jesus' washing of His disciples' feet on Maundy Thursday.
- Also called maundy money. money distributed as alms in conjunction with the ceremony of maundy or on Maundy Thursday.
Origin of maundy
1250–1300; Middle English maunde < Old French mande < Latin mandātum command, mandate (from the opening phrase novum mandātum (Vulgate) of Jesus' words to the disciples after He had washed their feet). See mandate
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Examples from the Web for maundy
Today is ‘Maundy Thursday’ in the Christian calendar, and the purses are known as ‘Maundy Money’.Queen, Philip and Beatrice Distribute Maundy Money
April 5, 2012
After this maundy they were fed and sent away with a small present of money.English Monastic Life
The ceremony observed on the day was called holding or making the Maundy.Early Travels in Palestine
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He distributes the sovereign's doles to the poor on Maundy Thursday.
In England the giving of gifts on Maundy Thursday has taken the place of foot-washing.Holidays & Happy-Days
He also provided the Maundy gifts and selected the poor for the washing of feet.
- Christianity the ceremonial washing of the feet of poor persons in commemoration of Jesus' washing of his disciples' feet (John 13:4–34) re-enacted in some churches on Maundy Thursday
C13: from Old French mandé something commanded, from Latin mandatum commandment, from the words of Christ: Mandātum novum dō vōbīs A new commandment give I unto you