an ornamental band or border, especially on an ecclesiastical vestment.
rich embroidery of any sort.
a piece of richly embroidered material.
- Also or·fray [awr-frey, -free] /ˈɔr freɪ, -fri/ .
- orphreyed, adjective
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How to use orphrey in a sentence
orphrey, or′fri, n. gold or other rich embroidery attached to vestments, esp.
An embroidered orphrey in the Victoria and Albert Museum belongs to the early part of the same century.
Judging from these, and the embroidered orphrey which the authorities bought from the Hockon Collection for £119 1s.Chats on Old Lace and Needlework | Emily Leigh Lowes
The shoulders were vested in a cope, and this cameo set in the centre of the orphrey.The Churches of Paris | S. Sophia Beale
The chasuble upon which this orphrey is placed is made of a lovely brocaded silk decorated with falcons, peahens, and roses.Embroidery and Tapestry Weaving | Grace Christie
British Dictionary definitions for orphrey
a richly embroidered band or border, esp on an ecclesiastical vestment
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