Definition of vestry
1a : sacristyb : a room used for church meetings and classes
2a : the business meeting of an English parishb : an elective body in an Episcopal parish composed of the rector and a group of elected parishioners administering the temporal affairs of the parish
Examples of vestry in a Sentence
the priest returned the chalice to the vestry
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Origin and Etymology of 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
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of vestry for English Language Learners
: 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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