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

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The prestigious investiture ceremony, which tapped a total of 544 women (47% of the total inductees), took place at Buckingham Palace. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince William Presents Glenda Bailey with Her Damehood at Buckingham Palace," 9 May 2019 Getty Images Arriving with husband Prince Harry, Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle attended Prince Charles’s investiture 50th anniversary reception at Buckingham Palace. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Wore a Stunning Metallic Brocade Dress to Prince Charles's Investiture 50th Anniversary," 5 Mar. 2019 This morning's trip comes just one day after the royal couple attended a reception at Buckingham Palace marking the 50th anniversary of Prince Charles's investiture as the Prince of Wales. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Steps Out Wearing a Michael Kors Dress This Morning in Blackpool," 6 Mar. 2019 Queen Elizabeth hosted a reception for Prince Charles today, marking the 50th anniversary of his investiture as the Prince of Wales. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Princess Anne Supported Her Brother at the 50th Anniversary of Prince Charles's Investiture Today," 5 Mar. 2019 Prince Charles' official investiture ceremony took place at Caernarfon Castle in Wales on July 1, 1969. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Just Wore the Prettiest Blue Dress to Prince Charles' Investiture Reception," 5 Mar. 2019 For scenes like Prince Charles's Welsh investiture ceremony, or Winston Churchill's funeral, the historical team will send her videos to watch. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Crown's Olivia Colman Talks Queen Elizabeth and the Future of the Monarchy," 1 Feb. 2019 Also in London, Keira Knightley was a beaming beauty in her Chanel Haute Couture skirt suit for her investiture. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "10 Best Dressed: Week of December 17, 2018," 17 Dec. 2018 Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, fourth from the right, and other justices pose Thursday along with President Trump and first lady Melania Trump prior to Justice Kavanaugh’s investiture ceremony in Washington. Brent Kendall, WSJ, "Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Is Hospitalized After Fall," 8 Nov. 2018

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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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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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