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vestry

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noun ves·try \ˈves-trē\

Simple Definition of vestry

  • : a small room in a church where a priest dresses for the services and where holy items used during services are kept

Full Definition of vestry

plural vestries

  1. 1 a :  sacristy b :  a room used for church meetings and classes

  2. 2 a :  the business meeting of an English parish b :  an elective body in an Episcopal parish composed of the rector and a group of elected parishioners administering the temporal affairs of the parish

Examples of vestry

  1. <the priest returned the chalice to the vestry>



Origin of vestry

Middle English vestrie, probably from Anglo-French *vesterie, alteration of Middle French vestiarie, from Medieval Latin vestiarium, from Latin, cupboard for storing clothes, from vestis garment; from its use as a robing room for the clergy


First Known Use: 14th century

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