in·​ves·​ti·​ture | \ in-ˈve-stə-ˌchu̇r How to pronounce investiture (audio) , -chər, -ˌtyu̇r, -ˌtu̇r \

Definition of investiture

1 : the act of establishing in office or ratifying
2 : something that covers or adorns

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In its original meaning, an investiture was the clothing of a new officeholder in garments that symbolized power. The Middle Ages saw much debate over the investiture of bishops by kings and emperors. These rulers felt that high religious offices were theirs to give as rewards for someone's loyal service or as bribes for someone's future support; the popes, on the other hand, regarded these investitures as the improper buying and selling of church offices. The investiture struggle caused tension between popes and monarchs and even led to wars.

Examples of investiture in a Sentence

the investiture of the Prince of Wales the investiture of a new member of parliament
Recent Examples on the Web Charles, as Prince of Wales, had already taken over some of his mother’s duties, including overseas trips and investiture ceremonies, in which people are granted knighthoods. Mark Landler, New York Times, 26 Apr. 2021 With the investiture of a record number of women serving in the 117th Congress and the country's first female vice president, there is no better time to cement our recognition of female achievement in the federal calendar than now. Star Tribune, 24 Feb. 2021 Valdés, 40, was sworn in Friday by her mother in an outdoor investiture ceremony at Herr’s home. Elizabeth Zavala,, 7 Jan. 2021 The mask appears at the investiture of a village head or high-ranking official in the community., 14 Dec. 2020 In Season 3, Prince Charles nods to Welsh nationalism, and the British crown as a colonial power, after spending time with an inspiring teacher before his investiture as Prince of Wales. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, 5 Dec. 2020 The couple has chosen not to post any wedding photos yet so as not to overshadow Captain Tom Moore's investiture, which also took place yesterday, but at least one image from the special occasion is expected to be shared. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, 18 July 2020 Ara Lovitt, who clerked with her at the time, recalls that at her investiture ceremony for the 7th Circuit, Scalia had high praise for her. Michael Tarm, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Sep. 2020 Ara Lovitt, who clerked with her at the time, recalls that at her investiture ceremony for the 7th Circuit, Scalia had high praise for her. Michael Tarm,, 26 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of investiture

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for investiture

Middle English, from Medieval Latin investitura, from investitus, past participle of investire

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“Investiture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of investiture

formal : a formal ceremony at which someone is placed in an office or given an official rank


in·​ves·​ti·​ture | \ in-ˈves-tə-ˌchu̇r, -chər, -ˌtyu̇r How to pronounce investiture (audio) \

Legal Definition of investiture

1 : the act of establishing in office

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