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

Definition of vestry

1a : sacristy
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 Brackett said the church vestry, not the group of stewards, oversees the Elysian Trumpet and all church property. John Simerman,, "Amid Irvin Mayfield's legal woes, mythical Elysian Trumpet hidden away," 24 Nov. 2020 Scholars believe it was displayed one day a year and then stored in the vestry. National Geographic, "Anglo-Saxon England's defeat unfolds across the Bayeux Tapestry," 6 Nov. 2020 Denise Fredrickson, a member of the vestry at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Yardley, Penn., says that her church has been releasing all of its religious services online, as well as many secular activities, including yoga and poetry readings. Tara Law, Time, "'It's Like a Lifeline.' How Religious Leaders Are Helping People Stay Connected in a Time of Isolation," 1 Apr. 2020 The boys sang in the choir, Bud was on the vestry and Kay volunteered in various capacities., "Katherine Schupp," 15 Oct. 2019 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

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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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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