[ awr-free ]

noun,plural or·phreys.
  1. an ornamental band or border, especially on an ecclesiastical vestment.

  2. gold embroidery.

  1. rich embroidery of any sort.

  2. a piece of richly embroidered material.

Origin of orphrey

1300–50; Middle English orfreis (later construed as plural) <Old French <Medieval Latin aurifrisium, variant of aurifrigium, for Latin phrase aurum Phrygium gold embroidery, literally, Phrygian gold
  • Also or·fray [awr-frey, -free] /ˈɔr freɪ, -fri/ .

Other words from orphrey

  • orphreyed, adjective

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less commonly orfray

/ (ˈɔːfrɪ) /

  1. a richly embroidered band or border, esp on an ecclesiastical vestment

Origin of orphrey

C13 orfreis, from Old French, from Late Latin aurifrisium, auriphrygium, from Latin aurum gold + Phrygius Phrygian

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