Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

vestige

play
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>.

Medical Dictionary

vestige

play
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





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up vestige? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 14, 2016

to hug and kiss another person

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image33683556

How much does a batman (the Turkish unit of measurement) weigh?

196.5 pounds 16.96 pounds 100 pounds 2.2 pounds
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ