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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

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

ves·ti·gial play \ve-ˈsti-jē-əl, -jəl\ adjective
ves·ti·gial·ly adverb

Examples of vestige

  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>



Origin 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

  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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