- a mark, trace, or visible evidence of something that is no longer present or in existence: A few columns were the last vestiges of a Greek temple.
- a surviving evidence or remainder of some condition, practice, etc.: These superstitions are vestiges of an ancient religion.
- a very slight trace or amount of something: Not a vestige remains of the former elegance of the house.
- Biology. a degenerate or imperfectly developed organ or structure that has little or no utility, but that in an earlier stage of the individual or in preceding evolutionary forms of the organism performed a useful function.
- Archaic. a footprint; track.
Origin of vestige
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Examples from the Web for vestige
You could hardly find a vestige of the splendid railroad depots, warehouses, etc.Atlanta’s Fall Foretold The End Of Civil War Bloodshed
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The largest of an archipelago of islands, Santorini is the vestige of a single volcanic landmass that erupted around 1600 BC.Book a Room for Two in a Santorini Cave
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A deep, raspy voice seems the only vestige of the three decades he spent pounding his body with poisons.Hallucinating Away a Heroin Addiction
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She explained that “filial laws” are a vestige of English rule.Are You Legally Responsible for Your Elderly Parents?
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In all three categories, almost all anti-gay laws are a vestige of European colonialism, and date back approximately 150 years.Why Africa’s Turning Anti-Gay
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Not a vestige of the chest remained but a few splintered pieces of iron.Jennie Baxter, Journalist
There was not a vestige of hope for the vessel, such was the fury of the wind and the violence of the waves.Self-Help
I could not recognize a single landmark, or discover the least vestige of a path.Wilfrid Cumbermede
There is not a vestige nor indication of carving or decoration of any sort or kind.Modern Painters Volume I (of V)
There was now no vestige of the smile on his round white face.The Historical Nights Entertainment, Second Series
- a small trace, mark, or amount; hinta vestige of truth; no vestige of the meal
- biology an organ or part of an organism that is a small nonfunctioning remnant of a functional organ in an ancestor
Word Origin and History for vestige
c.1600, from French vestige "a mark, trace, sign," from Latin vestigium "footprint, trace," of unknown origin.
- A rudimentary or degenerate, usually nonfunctioning structure that is the remnant of an organ or part that was fully developed or functioning in a preceding generation or an earlier stage of development.