vesta

noun

ves·​ta ˈve-stə How to pronounce vesta (audio)
1
capitalized : the Roman goddess of the hearth compare hestia
2
: a short match with a shank of wax-coated threads
also : a short wooden match

Examples of vesta in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Match safes were larger than true vesta cases, with match cases being about 2 ½ inches long and vesta cases about 1 ½ inches. Helaine Fendelman and Joe Rosson, Star Tribune, 3 Nov. 2020

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Word History

Etymology

Latin Vesta

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of vesta was in the 14th century

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“Vesta.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vesta. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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