cas·​sock | \ˈka-sək \

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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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 Florence Cooper, a tourist from Vancouver, stumbled upon a group of them on Monday dressed in their distinctive black cassocks and scarlet buttons, fascias and zucchettos. New York Times, "‘Extra’ Cardinals Invade the Vatican (Blessings Not Included)," 9 May 2018 Soon there will be no need to go to church to get a glimpse of a cassock or a clerical collar. Vogue, "Il Pretino: The Story of Three Italian Sisters, One Fiery American Actress, and a Molto Bella Black Dress," 25 Apr. 2018 Gray wore a light purple stole over his white cassock and green sneakers on his feet. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Church Blesses, Delivers St. Patrick's Day Baskets To TEEG," 21 Mar. 2018 Changing quickly into his black cassock following the Mass, Mass’ad followed Abu Eid into his car, where the two headed to buy crackling hot ka’ek, a sesame encrusted long bagel, and then to the next Mass, at 7 a.m. sharp, in the parish church. Noga Tarnopolsky,, "In Bethlehem, Christmas traditions are spare and beautiful, and a star marks the birthplace of Jesus," 26 Dec. 2017 Francis, who had only a hip-high bar to hold on to, lost his balance and suffered a bruised, black left eye and a cut on his eyebrow that dripped blood onto his cassock. Washington Post, "World Digest: Sept. 10, 2017," 10 Sep. 2017 She in a veil, he in a suit, the Pope in a cassock? Kenzie Bryant, Vanities, "Donald and Melania Trump Successfully Touched Hands," 24 May 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of cassock

: a long gown worn by a priest

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