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vestige

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noun ves·tige \ˈves-tij\

Simple Definition of vestige

  • : the last small part that remains of something that existed before

  • : the smallest possible amount of something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of vestige

  1. 1 a (1) :  a trace, mark, or visible sign left by something (as an ancient city or a condition or practice) vanished or lost (2) :  the smallest quantity or trace b :  footprint 1

  2. 2 :  a bodily part or organ that is small and degenerate or imperfectly developed in comparison to one more fully developed in an earlier stage of the individual, in a past generation, or in closely related forms

vestigial

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vestigially

adverb

Examples of vestige in a sentence

  1. <a few strange words carved on a tree were the only vestige of the lost colony of Roanoke>

  2. <the fossilized vestige of a dinosaur that traversed that muddy landscape millions of years ago>



Did You Know?

Vestige is derived via Middle French from the Latin noun vestigium, meaning "footstep, footprint, or track." Like "trace" and "track," "vestige" can refer to a perceptible sign made by something that has now passed. Of the three words, "vestige" is the most likely to apply to a tangible reminder, such as a fragment or remnant of what is past and gone. "Trace," on the other hand, may suggest any line, mark, or discernible effect ("the snowfield is pockmarked with the traces of caribou"). "Track" implies a continuous line that can be followed ("the fossilized tracks of dinosaurs").

Origin and Etymology of vestige

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin vestigium footstep, footprint, track, vestige


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of vestige

trace, vestige, track mean a perceptible sign made by something that has passed. trace may suggest any line, mark, or discernible effect <the killer left no traces>. vestige applies to a tangible reminder such as a fragment or remnant of what is past and gone <boulders that are vestiges of the last ice age>. track implies a continuous line that can be followed <the fossilized tracks of dinosaurs>.

VESTIGE Defined for Kids

vestige

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noun ves·tige \ˈve-stij\

Definition of vestige for Students

  1. :  a tiny amount or visible sign of something lost or vanished :  trace <We stayed outside to enjoy the last vestiges of daylight.>




Medical Dictionary

vestige

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noun ves·tige \ˈves-tij\

Medical Definition of vestige

  1. :  a bodily part or organ that is small and degenerate or imperfectly developed in comparison to one more fully developed in an earlier stage of the individual, in a past generation, or in closely related forms




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