ves·​try·​man ˈve-strē-mən How to pronounce vestryman (audio)
: a member of a vestry

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web John Pulling, was the vestryman of Boston’s Old North Church who helped hang the lanterns that triggered Paul Revere’s midnight ride. Donna Rifkind, WSJ, 26 Aug. 2022 Gordon was a lifelong Episcopalian and member, warden and vestryman of the Church of the Holy Trinity., 28 Aug. 2019 Doyle Garrett said, while taking a break from walking in the courtyard of the Old North Church, where the church sexton and a vestryman hung lanterns to signal to Paul Revere. Thomas Oide,, 3 July 2018 An activist, educator, ballplayer, and vestryman murdered by whites on election day 1871, Catto is at last coming into public view with a monument unveiling Oct. 26 at City Hall. Stephan Salisbury,, 6 Sep. 2017 In the early 1850s, three vestrymen from Christ Church founded the chapel, where services were led by lay members and volunteer students from Virginia Theological Seminary. Gerri Marmer, Washington Post, 12 May 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1614, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vestryman was in 1614

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Cite this Entry

“Vestryman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

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