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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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  • To get into this Vestry in the eminent capacity of vestryman, gigantic efforts are made, and Herculean exertions used.

    Reprinted Pieces Charles Dickens
  • Washington was vestryman of two parishes,—Fairfax and Truro.

  • Dolph, by way of his older brother, who was vestryman, might be termed sub-ecclesiastical.

    The Brentons Anna Chapin Ray
  • She was roused by a formal visit from a vestryman,—one of the music committee.

  • Our life at Rudder Grange seemed to be in no way materially changed by my becoming a vestryman.

    Rudder Grange Frank R. Stockton
  • 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
  • My father was a vestryman, and also a member of the building committee.

    Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee (His Son) Captain Robert E. Lee
  • I mean, are you talking to me as a friend—or as a vestryman?

    Thirty Howard Vincent O'Brien
British Dictionary definitions for vestryman


noun (pl) -men
a member of a church vestry
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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