Definition of chalice noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

chalice

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈtʃælɪs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃælɪs//
 
Religious items
 
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  • a large cup for holding wine, especially one from which wine is drunk in the Christian communion (1) service See related entries: Religious items
  • Word Origin Middle English: via Old French from Latin calix, calic- ‘cup’.Idioms (especially British English) a thing that seems attractive when it is given to somebody but which soon becomes unpleasant He inherited a poisoned chalice when he took over the job as union leader.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: chalice