Meaning of Maundy in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmɔːndi/


(also Royal Maundy)
mass noun
  • 1(in the UK) a public ceremony on the Thursday before Easter (Maundy Thursday) at which the monarch distributes specially minted coins.

    ‘Whereas Henry VIII spent an average of £63 on the annual Maundy ceremony, Mary's honour required an outlay of £160.’
    • ‘The practice of Maundy gifts dates back to 1210 when King John distributed food and clothing to the poor in the Yorkshire town of Knaresborough (my home town).’
    • ‘The first known record of Royal Maundy took place here, when King John fed and clothed 13 paupers in 1210.’
    1. 1.1The money distributed by the monarch at the Maundy ceremony; Maundy money.
      as modifier ‘a George I Maundy fourpence’
      • ‘Plus, back home she has handed out the Royal Maundy in so many of the cathedrals in England and Wales that one wonders which ones she's missed?’
      • ‘Each white purse contained 79p in Maundy coins, reflecting the Queen's age on her next birthday.’
      • ‘Two years later the Queen was in North Yorkshire again, distributing the Maundy Money at Ripon Cathedral.’
      • ‘They were among 13 arrests made during the visit which saw the Queen hand out Maundy coins to 158 pensioners.’
      • ‘The Maundy recipients told the Evening Press that they were determined not to sell the coins.’


Middle English from Old French mande, from Latin mandatum ‘mandate, commandment’, from mandatum novum ‘new commandment’ (see John 13:34).