vest·​ment | \ ˈves(t)-mənt How to pronounce vestment (audio) \

Definition of vestment

1a : an outer garment especially : a robe of ceremony or office
b vestments\ ˈves(t)-​mənts How to pronounce vestment (audio) \ plural : clothing, garb
2 : a covering resembling a garment
3 : one of the articles of the ceremonial attire and insignia worn by ecclesiastical officiants and assistants as indicative of their rank and appropriate to the rite being celebrated

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vestmental \ ves(t)-​ˈmen-​tᵊl How to pronounce vestment (audio) \ adjective

Examples of vestment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Donny Osmond found the perfect vestment to perform a wedding, Religion News Service reported. David Noyce, The Salt Lake Tribune, "This week in Mormon Land: Apostle clarifies conference talk; good COVID news; Mitt who?," 15 Oct. 2020 Hooded silver and gold gowns had the drape of vestments and the commitment of the true believer. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "Rick Owens, Talking Doom," 28 Feb. 2020 The cardinals in their scarlet vestments are a constant design element, massed for conclaves or strung out in long files along the Vatican corridors. Mike Hale, New York Times, "Review: ‘The New Pope’ on HBO: Faith, Hope and Sponge Baths," 12 Jan. 2020 With his flawless French, flowing vestments and dark-rimmed glasses, Cardinal Ortega cut an elegant figure in Cuban society. Andrea Rodriguez And Peter Orsi, Washington Post, "Jaime Lucas Ortega y Alamino, Catholic cardinal in Cuba, dies at 82," 26 July 2019 Bright teals and gold capture the scene Perry still remembers on her cope, the vestment worn by priests in celebration. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, "First female and openly lesbian bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan ordained," 8 Feb. 2020 In one, Atkinson presents as a stuffy Church of England vicar, dressed in full vestments and reading the Canaan wedding story from John’s gospel. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, "Twitter Outrage at the Church of England’s Views on Sex," 24 Jan. 2020 This past Sunday, Father Matt stopped wearing white and went back to the everyday green vestments. Kevin Fisher-paulson,, "Fisher-Paulson book reading is more popular than expected," 15 Jan. 2020 On hand for the service were indigenous people from several tribes, some with their faces painted and wearing feathered headdresses, as well as more than 180 South American cardinals, bishops and priests, who donned green vestments like the pope. Nicole Winfield, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Pope urges bold action to protect the Amazon amid fires," 6 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of vestment

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for vestment

Middle English vestement, from Anglo-French, from Latin vestimentum, from vestire to clothe

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The first known use of vestment was in the 13th century

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“Vestment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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vest·​ment | \ ˈvest-mənt How to pronounce vestment (audio) \

Kids Definition of vestment

: an outer garment especially for wear during ceremonies or by an official

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