Definition of chalice in English:


Syllabification: chal·ice
Pronunciation: /ˈCHaləs


  • 1A large cup or goblet, typically used for drinking wine.
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    • Without hesitating, she strode to the pillar supporting the glass chalice and firmly grasped the goblet by the stem.
    • I don't think you would get away with a ‘Jesus Bar’ advertised by a leering Christ holding a chalice of wine.
    • The next day he presented the Senate and plebs with a banquet, his pure, stainless, and holy body, the bread of angels, of which man has partaken, and he set chalices filled with wine before them.
  • 1.1The wine cup used in the Christian Eucharist.
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    • I poured some wine into my little chalice and set it before him, but when I reached farther into the kit I discovered to my horror that I had forgotten the wafers.
    • The infiltration of Manichee notions could be detected when Christians at the Eucharist accepted the host but not the chalice.
    • In the 19th century, the temperance and sanitation movements led many Protestants to replace wine and chalice with individual communion cups and grape juice.


Middle English: via Old French from Latin calix, calic- 'cup'.

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