ves·​ture | \ ˈves-chər How to pronounce vesture (audio) , ˈvesh- \

Definition of vesture

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a covering garment (such as a robe or vestment)
2 : something that covers like a garment


vestured; vesturing

Definition of vesture (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cover with vesture : clothe

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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: Noun 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, "L’Engle’s Cosmic Catechism," 25 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of vesture


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


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vesture


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

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“Vesture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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