1A white linen cloth worn on the neck and shoulders, under the alb, by a priest celebrating the Eucharist.
- ‘I remember Father Young (not much taller than I) standing before the bureau containing his amice and alb, his rope cincture and chasuble.’
- ‘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, Id hear about it.’
2A cap, hood, or cape worn by members of certain religious orders.cloak, mantle, shawl, wrap, stole, tippetView synonyms
Late Middle English: amice from medieval Latin amicia, amisia, of unknown origin; amice from Old French aumusse, from medieval Latin almucia, of unknown origin.