[ thoo r-uh-fer ]
/ ˈθʊər ə fər /


a person who carries the thurible in religious ceremonies.

Nearby words

  1. thur.,
  2. thurber,
  3. thurber, james,
  4. thurgau,
  5. thurible,
  6. thuringer,
  7. thuringia,
  8. thuringian,
  9. thuringian forest,
  10. thurl

Origin of thurifer

1850–55; < New Latin, noun use of Latin t(h)ūrifer incense-bearing, equivalent to t(h)ūr- (stem of t(h)ūs) incense + -i- -i- + -fer bearing; see -fer Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for thurifer

  • I hope Wilson—that's our second thurifer—won't go wrong in the Magnificat.

    Sinister Street, vol. 1|Compton Mackenzie
  • Alexander celebrated a solemn Mass of reconciliation in St. Peters, and the king acted as thurifer.

    Pintoricchio|Evelyn March Phillipps
  • When he goes in procession he has a thurifer carried before him by the Pope's special permission.

    The Black Douglas|S. R. Crockett
  • Should the thurifer incense the Blessed Sacrament whilst Benediction is being given?

British Dictionary definitions for thurifer


/ (ˈθjʊərɪfə) /


a person appointed to carry the censer at religious ceremonies

Word Origin for thurifer

C19: from Latin, from tūs incense + ferre to carry

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