Definition of amice in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈamɪs


  • 1A white linen cloth worn on the neck and shoulders, under the alb, by a priest celebrating the Eucharist.
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    • Many of the older religious orders still wear the amice after the fashion which prevailed in the Middle Ages.
    • I remember Father Young (not much taller than I) standing before the bureau containing his amice and alb, his rope cincture and chasuble.
    • If there was too much starch in the alb that was set out for him or if the strings on his amice were too short, I’d hear about it.
  • 2A cap, hood, or cape worn by members of certain religious orders.
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    • One occasionally sees an abbreviated form of amice that fastens with snaps.
    • There the angels also wear star-shaped amices, and their hair is full and wavy, as at Sandford.
    • The mandorla, or sunburst, is supported by six angels, wearing girdled albs, gathered at hip level, and amices, with carved looped clouds or stars at their feet.


late Middle English: sense 1 from medieval Latin amicia, amisia, of unknown origin; sense 2 from Old French aumusse, from medieval Latin almucia, of unknown origin.

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