- a long, close-fitting garment worn by members of the clergy or others participating in church services.
- a lightweight, double-breasted ecclesiastical coat or jacket, worn under the Geneva gown.
- a member of the clergy.
Origin of cassock
Examples from the Web for cassock
He was not yet quite certain that Adams had any more of the clergyman in him than his cassock.Joseph Andrews, Vol. 2
Pierre, utterly bewildered, could find neither his breeches nor his cassock.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
She looked down and saw that blood was flowing from his hand and down his cassock.Father Sergius
He wore his cassock with the ease of long habit: he was young.A Nest of Spies
He fumbled mechanically at the buttons of his cassock, which seemed to him all disarranged.Abbe Mouret's Transgression
- Christianity an ankle-length garment, usually black, worn by priests and choristers
Word Origin and History for cassock
1540s, "long loose gown," from Middle French casaque "long coat" (16c.), probably ultimately from Turkish quzzak "nomad, adventurer," (the source of Cossack), from their typical riding coat. Or perhaps from Arabic kazagand, from Persian kazhagand "padded coat," from kazh "raw silk" + agand "stuffed." Chiefly a soldier's cloak 16c.-17c.; ecclesiastical use is from 1660s.