vestige was our Word of the Day on 08/12/2016. Hear the podcast!
Theme music by Joshua Stamper ©2006 New Jerusalem Music/ASCAP
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
But at least one vestige of Pruitt’s rocky tenure will continue for the foreseeable future: some of the more than a dozen inquiries into his spending and management practices.
To me, this is a vestige of slavery when black bodies were bought, sold and traded like perishable goods.
Christianizing Native children was considered akin to Americanizing them, the goal being to root out every last vestige of Native identity.
Built to house a showroom, offices and storage for the U.S. Tire Co., the ballet’s building is one of the last vestiges of Philadelphia’s automobile row.
But Abby remained intensely pained by the vestiges of masculinity in her face.
With the winds and most of the precipitation abating, Saturday's high tide may be the last vestige of this storm.
Her art retains some vestiges of her previous life.
The pump jacks that remain aren’t the only vestiges.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'vestige.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
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").
Synonym Discussion of vestige
- the killer left no traces
- boulders that are vestiges of the last ice age
- the fossilized tracks of dinosaurs
VESTIGE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of vestige for English Language Learners
: the last small part that remains of something that existed before
: the smallest possible amount of something
VESTIGE Defined for Kids
medical Definition of vestige
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up vestige? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).