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[ves-tree-muh n] /ˈvɛs tri mən/
noun, plural vestrymen.
a member of a church vestry.
Origin of vestryman
First recorded in 1605-15; vestry + man1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He is a justice of the peace; he is a vestryman in the church; 207 he is a husband and a father.

    Her Mother's Secret Emma D. E. N. Southworth
  • Washington was vestryman of two parishes,—Fairfax and Truro.

  • He was an ardent Episcopalian and a vestryman in old Trinity Parish.

    As I Remember Marian Gouverneur
  • She was roused by a formal visit from a vestryman,—one of the music committee.

  • At church he was equally active as a vestryman and a worshipper.

    The History of Pendennis William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Roger Brett was a vestryman of Trinity Church from 1703 to 1706.

    The Life of Bret Harte Henry Childs Merwin
  • Washington was a vestryman and at times attended service here.

    A Virginia Village Charles A. Stewart
  • He was a man of affairs, a vestryman, and a member of the House of Burgesses.

    Dorothy Payne, Quakeress Ella Kent Barnard
  • At church he was equally active as a vestryman and a worshiper.

    A History of Pendennis, Volume 1 William Makepeace Thackeray
  • I mean, are you talking to me as a friend—or as a vestryman?


    Howard Vincent O'Brien
British Dictionary definitions for vestryman


noun (pl) -men
a member of a church vestry
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