monstrance

[ mon-struh ns ]
/ ˈmɒn strəns /
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noun Roman Catholic Church.

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

Nearby words

  1. monsoon low,
  2. monster,
  3. monster truck,
  4. monstera,
  5. monstering,
  6. monstrosity,
  7. monstrous,
  8. monstrously,
  9. mont blanc,
  10. mont cenis

Origin of monstrance

1250–1300; Middle English < Medieval Latin mōnstrantia, equivalent to mōnstr(āre) to show (see muster) + -antia -ance

Also called ostensorium, ostensory.

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British Dictionary definitions for monstrance

monstrance

/ (ˈmɒnstrəns) /

noun

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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