noun ves·try \ˈves-trē\

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

plural vestries

Full Definition of VESTRY

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