Share this entry
chrisom Line breaks: chrisom
Pronunciation: /ˈkrɪz(ə)m/
(also chrisom-cloth)

Definition of chrisom in English:


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
Definition of chrisom in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources