ves·​try | \ ˈve-strē How to pronounce vestry (audio) \
plural vestries

Definition of vestry

b : a room used for church meetings and classes
2a : the business meeting of an English parish
b : an elective body in an Episcopal parish composed of the rector and a group of elected parishioners administering the temporal affairs of the parish

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Examples of vestry in a Sentence

the priest returned the chalice to the vestry
Recent Examples on the Web The original families raised $1 million and within a few years, built a school and vestry. Anne M. Hamilton,, "Extraordinary Life: Rabbi Stanley Kessler led Temple Beth El for decades, but Hartford was his community," 16 June 2019 The entries in the vestry book start in 1732 and run to the early 1800s. John Kelly, Washington Post, "George Washington: First in war, first in peace — and first at the church he built.," 8 July 2019 All rental requests are fulfilled at the discretion of the rector and the vestry. Tracy Trobridge, Howard County Times, "Come check out world of ham radio at field day [Glenwood/Glenelg/Dayton]," 14 June 2018 The doors were designed by professor Knowles, a longtime church vestry member. Bonnie L. Cook,, "John Christopher Knowles, 79, founded and led Temple's architecture program," 29 Mar. 2018 The rector, wardens, vestry and congregation members look forward to another 150 of open door ministry at the corner of Main Street and Broadway. The Aegis, "Emmanuel Church celebrates 150 years of service to Bel Air," 10 Feb. 2018 The church vestry voted to remove the battle flags in November 2015. Washington Post, "Episcopalians struggle with history of Confederate symbols," 18 Sep. 2017 Lella and Cecilia created a proposal and presented it to the church's vestry, where it was enthusiastically approved and they were given $500 in seed money to try it for three months. Michelle Matthews,, "'Feed my sheep': Mobile church offers pay-what-you-can dinners," 1 Nov. 2017 The church's vestry, a parish council, will take up Greenwell's request. Sheila Vilvens,, "Should Confederate memorials be removed from this Downtown Cincinnati church?," 1 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of vestry

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for vestry

Middle English vestrie, probably from Anglo-French *vesterie, alteration of Middle French vestiarie, from Medieval Latin vestiarium, from Latin, cupboard for storing clothes, from vestis garment; from its use as a robing room for the clergy

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The first known use of vestry was in the 14th century

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“Vestry.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of vestry

: a small room in a church where a priest dresses for the services and where holy items used during services are kept

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