- a room in or a building attached to a church, in which the vestments, and sometimes liturgical objects, are kept; sacristy.
- (in some churches) a room in or a building attached to a church, used as a chapel, for prayer meetings, for the Sunday school, etc.
- Episcopal Church. a committee elected by members of a congregation to serve with the churchwardens in managing the temporal affairs of the church.
- Church of England. a meeting attended by all the parishioners or by a committee of parishioners during which the official business of the church is discussed.
Origin of vestry
Examples from the Web for vestry
It was in the vestry where the choir was putting on its garments.Joseph Campbell on the Roots of Halloween
October 31, 2014
He drove on, almost to the vestry, and found no trace of her.
By the time they entered Tiverton Street, the vestry was full of chattering groups.
You'll find a fire in the vestry, on account of the painters.Little Dorrit
At Rettenden, Essex, there is a room over the vestry which has evidently been an anchor-hold.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
He returned the bottle to his pocket, and went to the vestry for his surplice.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
- a room in or attached to a church in which vestments, sacred vessels, etc, are kept
- a room in or attached to some churches, used for Sunday school, meetings, etc
- Church of England
- a meeting of all the members of a parish or their representatives, to transact the official business of the parish
- the body of members meeting for this; the parish council
- Episcopal Church Anglican Church a committee of vestrymen chosen by the congregation to manage the temporal affairs of their church
Word Origin and History for vestry
late 14c., probably from Anglo-French *vesterie, from Old French vestiaire "room for vestments," from Latin vestarium "wardrobe," noun use of neuter of vestiarius (adj.) "of clothes," from vestis "garment" (see vest (v.)).