Also called armarium. Ecclesiastical. a recess in the wall of a church or a cupboard in the sacristy where sacred vessels, books, vestments, etc., are kept.
Chiefly British Dialect. a storeroom, closet, or pantry.
Obsolete. any of various types of closet or cupboard with doors and shelves.
Historical Examples

There is a double Early English piscina in the south wall, and an ambry in the north.
Notes and Queries, Number 71, March 8, 1851 Various

ambry, am′bri, n. a niche in churches in which the sacred utensils were kept: a cupboard for victuals.
Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D) Various

Betty Lamb found the ambry niche in the wall of the ruin at the side of the place where the altar had been.
A Dozen Ways Of Love Lily Dougall

There is an ambry in the south wall near the east end, and the doorway is semicircular and of Norman character.
Scottish Cathedrals and Abbeys Dugald Butler and Herbert Story

With that he restored the goblet to the secret shelf, put back the drawer, and shut the ambry door.
Foes Mary Johnston

noun (pl) -bries
a recessed cupboard in the wall of a church near the altar, used to store sacred vessels, etc
(obsolete) a small cupboard or other storage space


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