Definition of chalice in English:



  • 1A large cup or goblet, typically used for drinking wine.

    • ‘Without hesitating, she strode to the pillar supporting the glass chalice and firmly grasped the goblet by the stem.’
    • ‘Golden chalices and great swords and weapons hung everywhere.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I don't think you would get away with a ‘Jesus Bar’ advertised by a leering Christ holding a chalice of wine.’
    • ‘Within the Christian tradition it has generally been believed that the Grail was the actual chalice used by Christ at the Last Supper.’
    1. 1.1The wine cup used in the Christian Eucharist.
      • ‘The very entrance of the priest, bearing the veiled chalice and paten and preceded by servers, announces that an action of extraordinary importance is about to be re-enacted.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘An updated report on the use of a common communion cup says people may have more to fear from people dipping the bread in the wine than from sipping from the same chalice used by other congregants.’
      • ‘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.’
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Middle English: via Old French from Latin calix, calic- cup.