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 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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Other Words from vestment

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

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Not only is there divine fashion on display, including original pieces from Gianni Versace and Cristóbal Balenciaga featuring Catholic iconography, but there are also papal vestments on loan. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "The Met’s “Heavenly Bodies” Exhibition Attracts 1 Million Visitors in Just 3 Months," 23 Aug. 2018 The minister at the small timbered chapel pulled the vestment over the lures hanging from his fishing vest, rolled out a burgundy carpet, set up some fake flowers and declared them married. Heather Gillers, WSJ, "‘I Was Hoping to Be Retired’: The Cost of Supporting Parents and Adult Children," 16 Nov. 2018 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

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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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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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