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mon·strance

 (mŏn′strəns)
n. Roman Catholic Church
A receptacle in which the host is held and displayed. Also called ostensorium.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin mōnstrantia, from Latin mōnstrāns, mōnstrant-, present participle of mōnstrāre, to show, from mōnstrum, portent, monster; see monster.]

monstrance

(ˈmɒnstrəns)
n
(Roman Catholic Church) RC Church a receptacle, usually of gold or silver, with a transparent container in which the consecrated Host is exposed for adoration
[C16: from Medieval Latin mōnstrantia, from Latin mōnstrāre to show]

mon•strance

(ˈmɒn strəns)

n.
a receptacle, usu. of gold or silver, in which the Host is displayed for adoration.
[1400–50; late Middle English mustraunce, monstrans < Old French < Medieval Latin mōnstrantia= Latin mōnstr(āre) to show (see muster) + -antia -ance]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.monstrance - proof by a process of argument or a series of proposition proving an asserted conclusion
proof - a formal series of statements showing that if one thing is true something else necessarily follows from it
2.monstrance - (Roman Catholic Church) a vessel (usually of gold or silver) in which the consecrated Host is exposed for adoration
vessel - an object used as a container (especially for liquids)
Church of Rome, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Church, Western Church, Roman Catholic - the Christian Church based in the Vatican and presided over by a pope and an episcopal hierarchy
Translations

monstrance

[ˈmɒnstrəns] Ncustodia f

monstrance

n (Eccl) → Monstranz f

monstrance

[ˈmɒnstrəns] nostensorio
References in classic literature ?
I dared not run in debt to buy that beautiful monstrance, worthy of a cathedral.
"You have given a monstrance to the church, that cost five thousand francs.
The church of Saint-Paul has long needed a monstrance in keeping with the magnificence of that basilica, itself due to the Company of Jesus.
Monsieur Gaudron, that sentence is worth more than the monstrance; I don't regret the four thousand eight hundred-- Besides, Baudoyer, my lad, you'll pay them, won't you?
Monsieur Rabourdin certainly has talent, but a man who in these days gives a six-thousand-franc monstrance to the Church has a devilish deal more talent than he."
They cracked my ears last night with that monstrance. The only way to save Rabourdin is to bring his appointment before the Council, unless I submit to having my hand forced.
"And our nephew is giving monstrances to the church," snarled Gigonnet.
He loved to kneel down on the cold marble pavement and watch the priest, in his stiff flowered dalmatic, slowly and with white hands moving aside the veil of the tabernacle, or raising aloft the jewelled, lantern-shaped monstrance with that pallid wafer that at times, one would fain think, is indeed the "panis caelestis," the bread of angels, or, robed in the garments of the Passion of Christ, breaking the Host into the chalice and smiting his breast for his sins.
Critics of the institute also said that Gardner should be kept away from authority in the parish because he has been convicted of stealing more than $9,000 worth of sacramentals, including a monstrance. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported in January 2000 that Gardner served 90 days in jail for stealing from parishes in the Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin, when Burke was bishop there.
At the perpetual adoration chapel is a sculpture of a monstrance by Castrillo while inside the San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila chapel is a mural on the life of the first Philippine saint by Ben Alano.
During the project, much care has been taken to safely remove and store the liturgical furnishings, such as the monstrance (a receptacle in which the consecrated Host, or wheat wafer, is exposed for adoration) and the valuable stain glass windows.
It is similar to the canopy held above the priest carrying the monstrance in which the sacred host is carried during Corpus Christi processions.