Definition of chrisom in English:


(also chrisom-cloth)


  • A white robe put on a child at baptism, and used as its shroud if it died within the month.

    • ‘Chrisomer literally means an infant buried in its baptism robe (chrisom).’
    • ‘Though not required by the Protestant prayer book, chrisom cloths were still standard equipment, at least in the Elizabethan period.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If the child died within a month of baptism, the chrisom-cloth was used as a burial shroud.’
    • ‘It is said to depict a chrisom child, i.e., a chrisom is a child's white robe worn at baptism, used as a shroud if the infant dies within a month.’
    winding sheet, grave clothes, burial clothes, cerements
    View synonyms


Middle English: alteration of chrism, representing a popular pronunciation with two syllables.