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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
Read More: Why Venezuelans fear the dark Venezuela has been racked by months of turmoil as the socialist Nicolás Maduro administration has begun rewriting the constitution in a move that critics fear will destroy the last vestiges of democracy.
The last vestige of the amusement park, the carousel disappeared in 2012, during the latest remodel.
But the divisions in the G20 run far deeper than frustration with Trump: The body itself is a vestige of a world that no long exists.
If department stores are archaic vestiges of a world gone by, one can argue that the coal industry is, too.
The skirmishes are the vestiges of an utterly devastating urban battle in Mosul’s Old City, where government forces and the terrorists struggled over every inch of turf.
IS’s vestiges, though, may anyway be one of the lesser problems facing Iraq.
An original holder for recipes, a vestige of the 1950s, also remains.
The Fat Ham The King of Prussia location of this Southern-style bar, the last vestige of chef Kevin Sbraga’s dining empire, has closed.
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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
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
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