[ awr-free ]
/ ˈɔr fri /

noun, plural or·phreys.

an ornamental band or border, especially on an ecclesiastical vestment.
gold embroidery.
rich embroidery of any sort.
a piece of richly embroidered material.

Nearby words

  1. orphean,
  2. orpheus,
  3. orpheus and eurydice,
  4. orphic,
  5. orphism,
  6. orpiment,
  7. orpine,
  8. orpington,
  9. orr,
  10. orr, bobby

Also or·fray [awr-frey, -free] /ˈɔr freɪ, -fri/.

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

Related formsor·phreyed, adjective

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less commonly orfray

/ (ˈɔːfrɪ) /


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

Word Origin for orphrey

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

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