Share this entry
Maundy Line breaks: Maundy
Pronunciation: /ˈmɔːndi/

Definition of Maundy in English:


[mass noun]
1(In the UK) a public ceremony on the Thursday before Easter ( Maundy Thursday) at which the monarch distributes specially minted coins.
Example sentences
  • Whereas Henry VIII spent an average of £63 on the annual Maundy ceremony, Mary's honour required an outlay of £160.
  • The practice of Maundy gifts dates back to 1210 when King John distributed food and clothing to the poor in the Yorkshire town of Knaresborough (my home town).
  • The first known record of Royal Maundy took place here, when King John fed and clothed 13 paupers in 1210.
1.1 (also Royal Maundy) Maundy money: [as modifier]: a George I Maundy fourpence
More example sentences
  • Plus, back home she has handed out the Royal Maundy in so many of the cathedrals in England and Wales that one wonders which ones she's missed?
  • Each white purse contained 79p in Maundy coins, reflecting the Queen's age on her next birthday.
  • Two years later the Queen was in North Yorkshire again, distributing the Maundy Money at Ripon Cathedral.


Middle English: from Old French mande, from Latin mandatum 'mandate, commandment', from mandatum novum 'new commandment' (see John 13:34).

Definition of Maundy 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

Related Words