Definitions for orphreyˈɔr fri
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
an ornamental border, esp. on an ecclesiastical vestment.
rich or elaborate embroidery, esp. in gold.
a piece of richly embroidered material.
Origin of orphrey:
1300–50; ME orfreis < OF < ML aurifrisium, aurifrigium, for L phrase aurum Phrygium gold embroidery, lit., Phrygian gold
a richly embroidered edging on an ecclesiastical vestment
An ornamental band or border or embroidery, especially on an ecclesiastical vestment.
Any elaborate embroidery, especially that is made of gold thread.
Orphrey, also spelt Orfrey or Orfray, is a form of highly detailed embroidery, in which typically simple materials are made into exquisite patterns. In 1182 and 1183 Henry II of England spent lavishly on orphreys. This word comes from Old French orfreis, from Late Latin auriphrygium, from Latin aurum gold + Phrygius Phrygian. Orphrey bands are often worn on clerical vestments, a tradition that began in the 12th century Roman Catholic Church. The finest examples of orphrey can take hundreds of hours of work and sell for thousands of dollars.
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