[in-ves-ti-cher, -choo r]
- the act or process of investing.
- the formal bestowal, confirmation, or presentation of rank, office, or a possessory or prescriptive right, usually involving the giving of insignia or an official title.
- the state of being invested, as with a garment, quality, or office.
- something that covers or adorns.
- Archaic. something that invests.
Origin of investiture
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Examples from the Web for investiture
But on Friday, she attended an investiture at Buckingham Palace and was granted a private audience by the Queen.WTF Is Damgelina Doing At The Palace?
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A week passed, and then the time came for Martin to go to Windsor for his investiture.The Woman Thou Gavest Me
We have in Gaius the formula of investiture by which the universal successor was created.Ancient Law
Sir Henry James Sumner Maine
No such solemnity of affirmation attended Aaron's investiture.Messages from the Epistle to the Hebrews
Handley C.G. Moule
During the Investiture, you must grip them as hard as you can.Pagan Passions
Gordon Randall Garrett
Sasine, a mode of investiture in lands, according to ancient Scottish law.St. Ronan's Well
Sir Walter Scott
- the act of presenting with a title or with the robes and insignia of an office or rank
- (in feudal society) the formal bestowal of the possessory right to a fief or other benefice
- a less common word for investment (def. 7)
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Word Origin and History for investiture
late 14c., from Medieval Latin investitura, from past participle stem of Latin investire "to clothe" (see invest).
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