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 Through that church and St. Elisabeth Episcopal Church in Glencoe where the couple later became members, Badger served as warden of the vestry, chairman of various committees, cook for church meals and electrician. Myrna Petlicki,, 26 Oct. 2021 The longtime resident of Sherwood Road in Ruxton was an active communicant at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, serving as a vestry member, junior warden and stewardship chair. Frederick N. Rasmussen,, 21 Feb. 2021 Brackett said the church vestry, not the group of stewards, oversees the Elysian Trumpet and all church property. John Simerman,, 24 Nov. 2020 Scholars believe it was displayed one day a year and then stored in the vestry. National Geographic, 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, 1 Apr. 2020 The boys sang in the choir, Bud was on the vestry and Kay volunteered in various capacities., 15 Oct. 2019 The original families raised $1 million and within a few years, built a school and vestry. Anne M. Hamilton,, 16 June 2019 The entries in the vestry book start in 1732 and run to the early 1800s. John Kelly, Washington Post, 8 July 2019 See More

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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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“Vestry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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