1. Ecclesiastical.
    1. a cup for the wine of the Eucharist or Mass.
    2. the wine contained in it.
  2. a drinking cup or goblet.
  3. a cuplike blossom.


  1. poetic a drinking cup; goblet
  2. Christianity a gold or silver cup containing the wine at Mass
  3. the calyx of a flower, esp a cup-shaped calyx

early 14c., from Anglo-French chalice, from Old French chalice, collateral form of calice (Modern French calice), from Latin calicem (nominative calix) “cup,” cognate with Greek kylix “cup, drinking cup, cup of a flower,” from PIE root *kal- “cup.” Ousted Old English cognate cælic, an ecclesiastical borrowing of the Latin word, and earlier Middle English caliz, from Old North French.

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