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Examples of vestige in a Sentence
a few strange words carved on a tree were the only vestige of the lost colony of Roanoke
the fossilized vestige of a dinosaur that traversed that muddy landscape millions of years ago
Recent Examples of vestige from the Web
Bombardier is one of the last vestiges of the city’s storied industrial past.
Tiny vestiges of the series' Shakespearean past occasionally make an appearance, tempering the movie's wit and charm.
Suits is the last vestige of the blue skies time at USA, having outlasted its contemporaries White Collar, Royal Pains, Covert Affairs and Burn Notice.
By Tuesday morning, the blocks-long convention center had been transformed into a makeshift city, teeming with tired families lugging the last vestiges of their lives before Harvey hit.
Rendered in plaid and her smart top-handle bag had a cozy, autumnal sway, while mirrored aviators suggested a last remaining vestige of summer.
Gear-heavy four-wheelers occupy parking lots and vestiges of old roads along the Taylor Highway.
Carthage versus Rome was mostly a Mediterranean affair that drew in only local North African tribesmen, southern Europeans, and the vestiges of Macedonian power in Greece (264–146 BC).
As was instantly argued by the National Secular Society, a lobby group, the figures make the continuing vestiges of Anglican privilege look all the stranger.
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vestige, Trace, and Track
Vestige is derived via Middle French from the Latin noun vestigium, meaning "footstep, footprint, or track." Like trace and track, vestige can refer to a perceptible sign made by something that has now passed. Of the three words, vestige is the most likely to apply to a tangible reminder, such as a fragment or remnant of what is past and gone. Trace, on the other hand, may suggest any line, mark, or discernible effect ("the snowfield is pockmarked with the traces of caribou"). Track implies a continuous line that can be followed ("the fossilized tracks of dinosaurs").
Origin and Etymology of vestige
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of vestige
- the killer left no traces
- boulders that are vestiges of the last ice age
- the fossilized tracks of dinosaurs
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