cas·​sock ˈka-sək How to pronounce cassock (audio)
: 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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Examples of cassock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His cassock fluttered; his crucifix reflected the sun, or the camera’s flash. Lily Meyer, The Atlantic, 25 Mar. 2024 Aka, who grew up in Ivory Coast before attending Catholic schools in Paris and Provence, France, recalls going to church with his grandmother and admiring the priests’ cassocks. Nicole Demarco Dalya Benor Caitie Kelly Juan A. Ramírez Monica Mendal Janet Siroto, New York Times, 14 Mar. 2024 This approach demands that those who were once secular priests—the leaders of the philanthropic sector—abandon their cassocks and accept the mantle of the heretic. Mark Malloch-Brown, Foreign Affairs, 15 Jan. 2024 The bloodstained word is painted on scarlet satin, the material of a cardinal’s cassock. Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 20 Sep. 2023 The attorney, canon law specialist the Rev. Pius Pietrzyk, told the Tribune that some incidents — buying a cassock for a seminarian who couldn’t afford one, or reserving a hotel conference room where alumni of a Catholic high school club could play cards — were viewed as boundary violations. John Keilman,, 3 Jan. 2022 The choristers stand in their stalls wearing white surplices over red cassocks and white ruffs. Peter Ross, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Apr. 2023 On screen, Crowe knocks back double espressos and rides a Lambretta scooter through Rome, his cassock billowing in the breeze to the music of Faith No More. Deepa Bharath, Fortune, 14 Apr. 2023 Police and sniffer dogs had made their search, and now senior clergy lined up in scarlet cassocks, a welcoming party, while the dean, also in red, stood outside the western entrance to greet his guest. Peter Ross, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Apr. 2023

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Word History


Middle French casaque

First Known Use

1631, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cassock was in 1631

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“Cassock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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cas·​sock ˈkas-ək How to pronounce cassock (audio)
: a close-fitting ankle-length garment worn by clergy (as in the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches)

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