Maundy
Maundy Maun"dy, n. [See {Maundy Thursday}.] 1. The sacrament of the Lord's Supper. [Obs.] [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

2. The ceremony of washing the feet of the poor on Maundy Thursday. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

3. The alms distributed in connection with this ceremony or on Maundy Thursday.

Note: In England, the foot washing is obsolete, but the ``royal maundy'' is distributed annually on behalf of the sovereign. Since 1890 this distribution has been made from Westminster Abbey. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]


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