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Is there a difference between chalice and goblet, other than (maybe) religious connotations on the word chalice?

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In the final analysis, the words describe objects which are fairly equivalent.

A goblet is:

a drinking glass with a foot and stem.

A chalice has a broader definition, but this is mainly balanced out by the fact that the third meaning is rare, and the fact that you specified differences other than relating to the first definition:

1. Ecclesiastical.
a.) a cup for the wine of the Eucharist or Mass.
b.) the wine contained in it.

2. a drinking cup or goblet

3. a cuplike blossom

As to usage differences: the terms are both in use, though goblet seems to be the more popular word to use in terming gourmet wineglasses and other goblet-shaped glassware, where chalice has a more rich, historical feel, often describing ornate metal goblets. You might drink out of a goblet, but look at a chalice in a museum, or put it on your mantelpiece.

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So goblet is a subclass of chalice? Every goblet is a chalice; but not every chalice is a goblet, since some chalices are drinking cups and some are blossoms. –  GEdgar Aug 31 '11 at 0:05
    
Yes, but the other definitions of chalice are not as common as the one meaning goblet, so they are almost synonyms. (E.g. when I think "chalice", I envision a goblet.) –  Daniel Aug 31 '11 at 0:12
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If you look at images.google.com, the main difference I see is that very few "chalices" are made of clear glass, whereas lots of "goblets" are. But both "chalices" and "goblets" typically have a foot and stem. –  Peter Shor Aug 31 '11 at 0:40
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The meanings are similar.

Goblet has more masculine/course conotation while chalice is more feminine/refined.

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Similar does not mean the same. –  simchona Sep 1 '11 at 8:04
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