[ mon-struh ns ]
/ ˈmɒn strəns /

noun Roman Catholic Church.

a receptacle in which the consecrated Host is exposed for adoration.

Origin of monstrance

1250–1300; Middle English < Medieval Latin mōnstrantia, equivalent to mōnstr(āre) to show (see muster) + -antia -ance
Also called ostensorium, ostensory. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (ˈmɒnstrəns) /


RC Church a receptacle, usually of gold or silver, with a transparent container in which the consecrated Host is exposed for adoration

Word Origin for monstrance

C16: from Medieval Latin mōnstrantia, from Latin mōnstrāre to show
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