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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from vestment

vestmental \ves(t)-​ˈmen-​tᵊl \ adjective

Examples of vestment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wear white, two-piece cotton undergarments daily considered similar to holy vestments in other faiths, like a Catholic nun's habit or a Muslim skullcap. Sasha Savitsky, Fox News, "David Cross offends with jokes about Mormons, beating up Donald Trump," 24 Aug. 2018 Members of the faith wear white, two-piece cotton undergarments daily considered similar to holy vestments in other faiths, like a Catholic nun’s habit or a Muslim skullcap. Lindsay Whitehurst, The Seattle Times, "David Cross show on at Utah college after ‘offensive’ tweet," 21 Aug. 2018 After shuttering that brand in 2008, Pons took on a range of varied projects, including commissions for ecclesiastical vestments and protective, technical garments for the military. Vogue, "¡Hola, Muchache! Sebastián Pons Launches a New Gender-Fluid, One-Size-Fits-All Line From Majorca," 18 July 2018 Senior Vatican officials granted Bolton permission to display over 40 Vatican vestments and accessories spanning 15 papacies. Melania Hidalgo, The Cut, "Everything You Need to Know About the 2018 Met Gala," 7 May 2018 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'vestment.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about vestment

Statistics for vestment

Last Updated

22 Nov 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for vestment

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for vestment


vest·​ment | \ˈvest-mənt \

Kids Definition of vestment

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

More from Merriam-Webster on vestment

Nglish: Translation of vestment for Spanish Speakers Encyclopedia article about vestment

Comments on vestment

What made you want to look up vestment? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to enclose within walls

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!