Definition of chrisom in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkrɪz(ə)m/
(also chrisom-cloth)


A white robe put on a child at baptism, and used as its shroud if it died within the month.
Example sentences
  • If the child died within a month of baptism, the chrisom-cloth was used as a burial shroud.
  • Chrisomer literally means an infant buried in its baptism robe (chrisom).
  • This white vesture was worn for a month after the child's birth, and if it died before the expiration of that time, it had the chrisom for its shroud.


Middle English: alteration of chrism, representing a popular pronunciation with two syllables.

Words that rhyme with chrisom

abysm, arrivisme, chrism, ism, prism, schism

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