gremial definition

  • adjective:
    • Of or with respect to the lap
    • Of or related to the lap or bosom.
  • noun:
    • A decorated fabric added to a bishop's lap whilst celebrating mass or ordaining priests
    • A bosom friend.
    • A bosom buddy.
    • A cloth, frequently adorned with silver or silver-lace, put on the bishop's lap while he sits in celebrating mass, or perhaps in ordaining priests.
    • A bosom buddy; a confidant.
    • One who receives nurture or knowledge; especially, a resident at a university.
    • Eccles., an item of cloth, originally a towel of fine linen, later a bit of silk or damask and sometimes adorned with gold or silver-lace, placed on the lap of a bishop, during size or ordination, to protect their vestments from the consecrated oil. The same vestment used by the Pope is called a subcinctorium.
  • others:
    • Of or related to the lap or bosom.
    • inside; regarding the interior affairs of a corporation or society, or confined to its members.
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