Definition of vestment
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
vestmentalplay \ves(t)-ˈmen-təl\ adjective
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Kentucky’s clergy will soon be able to pack heat under their vestments.
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Origin and Etymology of vestment
Middle English vestement, from Anglo-French, from Latin vestimentum, from vestire to clothe
First Known Use: 13th century
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Definition of vestment for Students
: an outer garment especially for wear during ceremonies or by an official
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