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ves·​ture ˈves-chər How to pronounce vesture (audio)
: a covering garment (such as a robe or vestment)
: something that covers like a garment


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vestured; vesturing

transitive verb

: to cover with vesture : clothe

Examples of vesture in a Sentence

Noun the man's sober vesture contrasted sharply with his companion's festive finery Verb vestured like a queen for her grand birthday party
Recent Examples on the Web
Benedict, in contrast, wore the vesture like a uniform, emphasizing his notion of the papacy not as a glamorous appointment but as the humble, humbling job of leading the Catholic church. Ashley Fetters Maloy, Washington Post, 31 Dec. 2022 To believe that this Creator took on human vesture, accepted death and mortality, was tempted, betrayed, broken, and all for love of us, defies reason. Ruth Franklin, The New York Review of Books, 25 Feb. 2020

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Word History



Middle English, from Anglo-French, from vestir to clothe — more at vest entry 2

First Known Use


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


15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vesture was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Vesture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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