vest·​ment ˈves(t)-mənt How to pronounce vestment (audio)
: an outer garment
especially : a robe of ceremony or office
vestments ˈves(t)-mənts How to pronounce vestment (audio) plural : clothing, garb
: a covering resembling a garment
: 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
vestmental adjective

Examples of vestment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Besides the cleaning, gardening, cooking and the making of vestments, all of which is carried on in silence, the sisters also come together at regular times throughout the day to chant. Patrick Neas, Kansas City Star, 29 Mar. 2024 The pope, dressed in red vestments, continued presiding, reading parts of the Mass. Cardinals, priests and bishops took part in the service that commemorates what the Bible says was Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem days before he was betrayed, put on trial and executed by crucifixion. Philip Pullella, USA TODAY, 24 Mar. 2024 More recently, Francis lamented seeing young priests in Rome shopping for vestments adorned with lace, a style favored by traditionalists. Ruth Graham, New York Times, 29 Nov. 2023 At the moment he is officially crowned by the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Coronation Chair, King Charles will be wearing vestments worn by his late mother, Queen Elizabeth, at her 1953 coronation. Cara Lynn Shultz, Peoplemag, 2 May 2023 Her Catholic upbringing gave her a fascination with the priest’s act of getting dressed in his vestments. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 5 Oct. 2023 The crimson velvet vestment was commissioned for King Charles' mother to wear at her own coronation in 1953 and has been conserved with adjustments by Ede and Ravenscroft, the oldest tailor in London. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 6 May 2023 In October, the Polish defense ministry announced plans to purchase three hundred altars, which reportedly included chalices, crosses, candlesticks, and camouflage liturgical vestments. Matthew Gavin Frank, Harper's Magazine, 21 Feb. 2022 Then, during the ceremony, Charles reused golden vestments which have been worn for nearly every coronation since 1821, including the Colobium Sindonis, the Supertunica, the Imperial Mantle, the Coronation Sword Belt and the Coronation Glove. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 8 May 2023

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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

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

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“Vestment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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vest·​ment ˈves(t)-mənt How to pronounce vestment (audio)
: an outer garment especially for wear during ceremonies or by an official

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