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\ ˈves(t)-​mənts How to pronounce vestment (audio) \ 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 vestment (audio) \ adjective

Examples of vestment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Because of the circular design and lightweight material of the pellegrina, which opens at the front, the wind easily sweeps beneath it, making the liturgical vestment the ecclesial equivalent of Marilyn Monroe’s iconic white dress. The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 Mar. 2021 Donny Osmond found the perfect vestment to perform a wedding, Religion News Service reported. David Noyce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 Oct. 2020 Hooded silver and gold gowns had the drape of vestments and the commitment of the true believer. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, 28 Feb. 2020 The cardinals in their scarlet vestments are a constant design element, massed for conclaves or strung out in long files along the Vatican corridors. Mike Hale, New York Times, 12 Jan. 2020 With his flawless French, flowing vestments and dark-rimmed glasses, Cardinal Ortega cut an elegant figure in Cuban society. Andrea Rodriguez And Peter Orsi, Washington Post, 26 July 2019 Bright teals and gold capture the scene Perry still remembers on her cope, the vestment worn by priests in celebration. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, 8 Feb. 2020 In one, Atkinson presents as a stuffy Church of England vicar, dressed in full vestments and reading the Canaan wedding story from John’s gospel. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, 24 Jan. 2020 This past Sunday, Father Matt stopped wearing white and went back to the everyday green vestments. Kevin Fisher-paulson,, 15 Jan. 2020

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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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“Vestment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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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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