Definition of amice in English:



  • 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Many of the older religious orders still wear the amice after the fashion which prevailed in the Middle Ages.’
  • 2A cap, hood, or cape worn by members of certain religious orders.

    cloak, mantle, shawl, wrap, stole, tippet
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Late Middle English: amice from medieval Latin amicia, amisia, of unknown origin; amice from Old French aumusse, from medieval Latin almucia, of unknown origin.