Definitions for ciboriumsɪˈbɔr i əm, -ˈboʊr-; -ˈbɔr i ə, -ˈboʊr-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ci•bo•ri•umsɪˈbɔr i əm, -ˈboʊr-; -ˈbɔr i ə, -ˈboʊr-(n.)(pl.)-bo•ri•a

  1. a permanent canopy over an altar; baldachin.

    Category: Religion

  2. a vessel for holding the consecrated bread or sacred wafers for the Eucharist.

    Category: Religion

Origin of ciborium:

1645–55; < L: drinking-cup < Gk kibṓrion lit., the seed vessel of the Egyptian lotus, which the cup appar. resembled


  1. ciborium(Noun)

    A fixed vaulted canopy over a Christian altar, supported on four columns.

  2. ciborium(Noun)

    A covered receptacle for holding the consecrated wafers of the Eucharist.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ciborium(noun)

    a canopy usually standing free and supported on four columns, covering the high altar, or, very rarely, a secondary altar

  2. Ciborium(noun)

    the coffer or case in which the host is kept; the pyx


  1. Ciborium

    A ciborium is a vessel, normally in metal. It was originally a particular shape of drinking cup in Ancient Greece and Rome, but later used to refer to a large covered cup designed to hold hosts for, and after, the Eucharist, thus the equivalent for the bread of the chalice for the wine. The word is also used for a large canopy over the altar, which was a common feature of Early Medieval church architecture, now relatively rare.


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