vest·​ment | \ˈves(t)-mənt \

Definition of vestment 

1a : an outer garment especially : a robe of ceremony or office

b vestments 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 \ adjective

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Nearby was the cope of Pius IX, the exhibition’s largest and most elaborate vestment, including several scenes based on biblical narratives. Pamela Keogh, Vanities, "“I’m Not Sure Any Bishops Could Fit into Them”: Touring the Met’s Catholic Fashions with Father James Martin," 8 May 2018 Unlike Vatican museums collections, items still used in liturgical celebrations are kept in the chapel’s sacristy, an adjoining room housing vestments and other ecclesiastical items. Shira Telushkin, Washington Post, "High church meets high fashion: How Catholic style took over the Met," 3 May 2018 His Catholicism was simpler, more Nicaraguan, and of the old hierarchical style the people loved: vestments, incense, prayers to the saints, spiritual instruction. The Economist, "Obituary: Cardinal Miguel Obando y Bravo, the first cardinal from Central America," 23 June 2018 The 2018 exhibit shows how Catholicism has influenced fashion and designers through the decades and features more than 50 vestments and other religious items direct from the Vatican. Fernando Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "Texas pastor calls social justice 'anti-biblical' and 'Marxist ideology'," 17 May 2018 Approximately 40 vestments from the Sistine Chapel Sacristy—rarely (if ever) released papal mantles and chasubles, priceless tiaras, rings and crosses—speak to the way sumptuous earthly beauty engages the divine. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, "‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination’ Review: A Gift From the Sartorial Gods," 10 May 2018 Looking at the vestments, the quality is incredible. Jason Farago, New York Times, "A Trinity of Opinions on the Met’s ‘Heavenly Bodies’," 20 May 2018 Leto’s ensemble includes a gold embroidered stole similar to a priest’s vestment, and the songstress accessorized her gown with a giant feathered halo. Vogue, "Met Gala 2018 Live Blog: Katy Perry Walks the Red Carpet in Six-Foot Wings," 7 May 2018 The ornate, intricate, almost otherworldly papal vestments were hung carefully behind glass like oversized gold and white butterflies. Pamela Keogh, Vanities, "“I’m Not Sure Any Bishops Could Fit into Them”: Touring the Met’s Catholic Fashions with Father James Martin," 8 May 2018

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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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vest·​ment | \ˈvest-mənt \

Kids Definition of vestment

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

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