Definition of amice in English:



  • 1A white linen cloth worn on the neck and shoulders, under the alb, by a priest celebrating the Eucharist.

    • ‘Many of the older religious orders still wear the amice after the fashion which prevailed in the Middle Ages.’
    • ‘If there was too much starch in the alb that was set out for him or if the strings on his amice were too short, I’d hear about it.’
    • ‘I remember Father Young (not much taller than I) standing before the bureau containing his amice and alb, his rope cincture and chasuble.’
  • 2A cap, hood, or cape worn by members of certain religious orders.

    • ‘The mandorla, or sunburst, is supported by six angels, wearing girdled albs, gathered at hip level, and amices, with carved looped clouds or stars at their feet.’
    • ‘One occasionally sees an abbreviated form of amice that fastens with snaps.’
    • ‘There the angels also wear star-shaped amices, and their hair is full and wavy, as at Sandford.’
    cloak, mantle, shawl, wrap, stole, tippet
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Late Middle English: amice (sense 1) from medieval Latin amicia, amisia, of unknown origin; amice (sense 2) from Old French aumusse, from medieval Latin almucia, of unknown origin.