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or·phrey(ôr′frē) also or·fray (-frā′)
n. pl. or·phreys also or·frays
1. A band of elaborate embroidery decorating the front of certain ecclesiastical vestments.
2. Elaborate embroidery, especially when made of gold.
[Middle English orfrey, alteration of orfreis, from Old French, from Medieval Latin aurifrigium : Latin aurum, gold + Latin Phrygius, Phrygian.]
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orphrey(ˈɔːfrɪ) or less commonly
(Knitting & Sewing) a richly embroidered band or border, esp on an ecclesiastical vestment
[C13 orfreis, from Old French, from Late Latin aurifrisium, auriphrygium, from Latin aurum gold + Phrygius Phrygian]
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n., pl. -phreys.
1. an ornamental border, esp. on an ecclesiastical vestment.
2. rich or elaborate embroidery, esp. in gold.
3. a piece of richly embroidered material.
[1300–50; Middle English orfreis < Old French < Medieval Latin aurifrisium, aurifrigium, for Latin phrase aurum Phrygium gold embroidery, literally, Phrygian gold]
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|Noun||1.||orphrey - a richly embroidered edging on an ecclesiastical vestment|
edging - border consisting of anything placed on the edge to finish something (such as a fringe on clothing or on a rug)
vestment - gown (especially ceremonial garments) worn by the clergy
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