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[thoo r-uh-fer]
  1. a person who carries the thurible in religious ceremonies.
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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
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Historical Examples of thurifer

  • Should the thurifer incense the Blessed Sacrament whilst Benediction is being given?

    The Irish Ecclesiastical Record, Volume 1, October, 1864

    Society of Clergymen

  • Alexander celebrated a solemn Mass of reconciliation in St. Peters, and the king acted as thurifer.


    Evelyn March Phillipps

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

    Sinister Street, vol. 1

    Compton Mackenzie

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

    The Black Douglas

    S. R. Crockett

British Dictionary definitions for thurifer


  1. a person appointed to carry the censer at religious ceremonies
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Word Origin for thurifer

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