Definition of Maundy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmɔːndi/


[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).

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