cas·​sock | \ ˈka-sək How to pronounce cassock (audio) \

Definition of cassock

: a close-fitting ankle-length garment worn especially in Roman Catholic and Anglican churches by the clergy and by laypersons assisting in services

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Recent Examples on the Web Father Brown’s long cassock never gets caught in his bicycle chain. Sarah Manguso, The New York Review of Books, "My Quarantine: Cozy Mysteries," 31 May 2020 But this drama of the old nun trying to help the old priest find the arm hole in his cassock is also a formidable piece of realism, and very touching. Joan Acocella, The New York Review of Books, "The Red Shoes," 21 Nov. 2019 As the rehearsal ended, Washington instructed the boys to remove their cottas and cassocks to cool off. Karina Bland, azcentral, "The Phoenix Boys Choir set his life right. Now he wants others to hear the same song," 25 Dec. 2019 And out splashed a woman in an austere black velvet cassock, hemline dragging in the flood. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "It’s the End of the World as We Know It," 2 Mar. 2020 Their outfits, white cottas over red cassocks, a blue dress shirt and trousers underneath, were hot. Karina Bland, azcentral, "The Phoenix Boys Choir set his life right. Now he wants others to hear the same song," 25 Dec. 2019 Norman Norell’s satin coat dress (Traina-Norell, 1950), a bishop’s cassock cut in geranium-pink silk, is shimmeringly divine in every sense of the word. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, "An Exhibition to Tickle You ‘Pink’," 11 Sep. 2018 Balenciaga, who attended mass daily, considered joining the priesthood and had an uncle who was a parish priest, also made cassock soutaines for priests, including the one at his burial, Bolton said. Rosemary Feitelberg | Wwd,, "The Met’s Costume Institute unveils ‘Heavenly Bodies’ exhibition during preview before the Met Gala," 7 May 2018 Photographs showed blood on his white cassock and a lesion on his arm. John Otis, WSJ, "Nicaraguan Leader’s Former Pro-Business Allies Want Him Out," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of cassock

1631, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cassock

Middle French casaque

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The first known use of cassock was in 1631

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“Cassock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of cassock

: a long gown worn by a priest

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